Friday 4 March 2011, 10:57 | By CMU Editorial
Stoute and Team Grammy talking
A truce has been reached between Grammy hater Steve Stoute and Grammy boss Neil Portnow. As previously reported, Stoute recently took out a full page ad in the New York Times to rage about everything he thinks is wrong about the US music industry’s big awards show, mainly that big urban acts are asked to perform but often don’t win.
Grammy organisers The Recording Academy didn’t initially respond to the rant, but yesterday it was announced Stoute and Academy chief Neil Portnow were talking about the former’s concerns, and possible ways to overcome them.
In a slightly waffley statement, Grammy chiefs said: “The voices of artists and our creative community are at the heart of the missions of the Recording Academy and indeed the music industry itself. Expanding constructive and positive ways to continue to actively incorporate generational and artistic diversity in the Academy’s development and good work serves those important missions”.
It continued: “The participation of new and culturally diverse voices has and continues to be a goal which benefits our members, the creative community, and music fans everywhere. To that end, we have come together in a collaborative manner to discuss how the Recording Academy can continue to evolve in an ever-changing cultural environment. We invite others who share this agenda to join us in these discussions”.