This post discusses sexual misconduct and rape.
Okay, so this guy is Neil Portnow. He served as President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – also known as NARAS, or the Recording Academy – from 2002 to 2019.
The year before he stepped down, Neil said women needed to “step up” after criticism that television and the awards body did not recognize female musicians enough.
Neil later apologized, but the damage was done. When Dua Lipa won the Best New Artist in 2019, she even mentioned his first statement with more than a hint of sarcasm. “I think this year we took a big step,” she said at the time.
Since his retirement, Neil has also been accused by a woman who claims he drugged and raped him in 2018. The allegation first surfaced in 2020 via a lawsuit filed by Neil’s agent, Deborah Dugan, who is said to have been forced out of office after his stay. complaint against the Academy which included the charge against Neill.
So, back to Phoebe, who took home four Grammys – three with her band Boygenius – on Sunday night.
After the show, Phoebe spoke to the media backstage. “I have something to say about women,” she said. “Recording Academy vice president Neil Portnow said if women want to be nominated and win Grammys, they should “step up.”
“He is also accused of sexual violence. And to him I would like to say: I know you are not dead yet, but when you are … rotting in piss.”
You can read more about the allegations against Neil Portnow, which he has so far publicly denied, here.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), which will direct the caller to the service provider sexual assault closest to them. You can also find your local outlet here.