In A Deeply Unsurprising Turn, Kelly Clarkson Does Not Appreciate Being Told To ‘Step Up’

In A Deeply Unsurprising Turn, Kelly Clarkson Does Not Appreciate Being Told To ‘Step Up’

Remember that time Recording Academy President Neil Portnow blamed female musicians for their lack of Grammy wins instead of I don’t know uhhhhhhh the kind of structural sexism found in basically any institution founded by and dominated by men?

I know it was only a few days ago, but I just wanted to make sure we all remember.

Well, according to Us Weekly, Kelly Clarkson didn’t appreciate that. (Imagine!) The “Love So Soft” singer, who lost Best Pop Solo Performance to *d Sh**r*n at Sunday night’s ceremony, took to Twitter on Wednesday to say why.

“A confused soul said women need 2 ‘step up’ their A-game if they wanna start winning,” Clarkson tweeted. “u know what I’m not even mad at ignorance. I’m just gonna kindly point u n the direction of my A-game album I recently dropped,” referencing her eighth studio album Meaning of Life, which came out last October.

“I Jenna Dewan’d that shit y’all #stepup,” she added.

Kelly’s not the only musician taking issue with Portnow’s statement. (Imagine!) Meshell Ndegeocello dismissed his baseless “step up” claim on Instagram, saying: “What a joke.” P!nk, meanwhile, noted the obvious, tweeting: “women have been stepping up since the beginning of time.” Charli XCX went for the jugularer, face: “ugh bout 2 step up on 2 ur face.”

What’s it like to be so wrong? Neil Portnow, please! Let us know!

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said that women who want to be part of the industry need to “step up,” after only one woman took home a main award at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. “I think it has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on the executive level to step up,” Portnow told Variety when asked about the gender discrepancy among award recipients. 😂😂😂😂 I WAS ASK TO MEET THIS DUDE ONCE AND I HAVE A WITNESS @jahisundance AND WOW! I DONT THINK HE EVEN LISTENS TO MUSIC FOR THE PURE JOY OF IT. What a joke, once I saw behind the curtain I had to laugh but to say women need to step up.

A post shared by Meshell Ndegeocello (@officialmeshell) on


Harron Walker

Harron Walker is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn. Her work can be found on Vice, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Vulture, Them, and a bunch of other places.

twitter