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Grammy-Slamming Music Exec and Grammy President Join Forces


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Two weeks after music industry executive Steve Stoute criticized some of this year's Grammy winners and accused voters of "losing touch with contemporary popular culture" in a scathing open letter in the New York Times, Stoute and Grammy president Neil Portnow have decided to join forces. The two released a joint statement promising that they'll "discuss how the Recording Academy can continue to evolve in an ever-changing cultural environment." In short, someone like Esperanza Spalding will never defeat someone like Justin Bieber in the Best New Artist category again.

Stoute had criticized the Grammys for failing to recognize hip-hop artists with trophies while using them as bait to bring in viewers (to date, OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" is the only hip-hop LP ever to win Best Album). While his letter attracted an equal amount of applause and criticism, Stoute's tune has changed significantly over the course of a few weeks. Maybe those guys from "The Adjustment Bureau" got to him. The full joint statement:

"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. 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."

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