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Following Adele’s album of the year Grammy victory, criticisms about race in the music industry have dominated post-Grammy conversations. Critics asserted Beyonce’s Lemonade “dominated critical discussion in 2016” and her grammy-loss reflected racial bias and lack of diversity in the Recording Academy.
Adele called attention to Lemonade’s significance and apparent “snub” during her acceptance speech. “But, my artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album for me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental. And so well-thought-out, and so beautiful and soul-baring.”
Grammy President, Neil Portnow, thinks otherwise.
He stated, “No I don’t think there is a race problem at all…We don’t as musicians listen to music based on gender or race or ethnicity.”
Portnow suggested that critics of the Grammy’s should act upon frustrations by becoming members of the Recording Academy. Portnow said, “just become members, join and vote.”