Long sidelined at the Grammys, women in rock claim their due

New York (AFP) – The Grammys’ rock categories normally ooze testosterone, but this year, women-led acts have seized the mic. It is a significant shift that comes just a few years after Neil Portnow, the former CEO of the Recording Academy, was roundly derided for saying women should “step up” to achieve fair representation in the music industry, in which they’ve long been sidelined. For the first time ever, the Best Rock Performance category — a field that’s existed since 2012 — is comprised entirely of solo women or female-led acts: Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, sister group Haim, Brittany …

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