Skip Nav
Gifts For Men
Shop Our POPSUGAR Editors' Gift Guide! 130+ Top Presents For Everyone on Your List
The Royals
What a Year It's Been! 23 Major Royal Milestones Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Hit in 2018
Can Royals Serve in the Military?
The Royals
Here Are the Rules Around Royals Serving in the Military
Diddy's Emotional Tributes to Kim Porter Will Break Your Heart: "I Miss You So Much"
Celebrity Couples
Shhhh! 19 Celebrity Couples Who Surprised Us With Secret Weddings This Year

Pink Response to Neil Portnow Quotes About Women Stepping Up

Pink Slams Recording Academy President For Saying Women Need to "Step Up" After Grammys

Pink is known (and loved) for speaking her mind, and that's exactly what she did following Recording Academy president Neil Portnow's controversial comment about women in music. After the Grammys received backlash for its limited number of female winners, Neil gave a halfhearted excuse, saying that female musicians simply need to "step up." Like many other Grammy nominees, Pink simply wasn't having it. In a handwritten note on Twitter, the "Wild Hearts" singer explained why that reasoning is completely bogus.

"Women in music don't need to 'step up' – women have been stepping since the beginning of time," she said. "Stepping up, and also stepping aside. Women OWNED music this year. They've been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair."

Of course, this isn't the only inspiring thing she had to say about the Grammys. Following the award ceremony, Pink shared an overwhelming positive message after she lost best pop solo performance to Ed Sheeran, the only male nominated in the category. "We f*cking did that!" she captioned the collection of photos from her big night. "I sang my f*cking heart out for the cause, a song I wrote for the suffragette movement, barefoot in a white T-shirt and jeans. I lost my 19th Grammy nomination, I consoled another talented loser, whom I love, and I kept my feet on the ground (cause spectators like to dare me to.) y'all I'm so proud of myself I'm gonna buy myself a drink tonight. Perseverance. Perspective, gratitude."

Image Source: Getty / Kevin Mazur
From Our Partners
Pink Talks About Having More Than 1 Kid
What Song Will Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Sing at Oscars?
January Jones Pink Hair 2018
Lupita Nyong'o Tom Ford Dress at Governors Awards 2018
Lady Gaga Valentino Dress at Govenors Awards November 2018
Celebrities at 2018 Governors Awards Pictures
Best Pictures From the 2018 CMA Awards
Keith Urban Performance at the 2018 CMA Awards Video
Kacey Musgraves 2018 CMA Awards Speech Video
Carrie Underwood's CMA Awards Dress 2018
Tyler Hubbard With His Daughter at the CMA Awards 2018
Michelle Obama Sequin Top and Pink Heels With Oprah 2018
From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity & Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds