Neil Portnow to leave post as Grammys CEO in 2019

Neil Portnow will step down as president and CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards next year because of backlash over his remarks to women.

The organization announced Thursday that Portnow chose not to 'seek an extension on his current contract,' which ends next year.

He has led the academy since 2002.

Portnow was criticized at the Grammys this year when he said women need to 'step up' when asked about the lack of female winners backstage. Only two female performers won awards during the live telecast.

Neil Portnow will step down as president and CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards next year because of backlash over his remarks to women 

Neil Portnow will step down as president and CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards next year because of backlash over his remarks to women 

Portnow later said his words were taken out of context and he now understands the pain his 'poor choice of words' has caused. The remarks were criticized by Pink, Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, India.Arie and others.

'When I had the honor of being selected to lead this great organization in 2002, I vowed that on my watch, for the first time in our history, we would have a thoughtful, well-planned, and collegial transition. With a little more than

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