Naturally, given the recent controversy about Lorde not being asked to perform when every other person (read: male) in her category was, not to mention the fact that many attendees wore white roses to the awards in support of the Time's Up movement, Portnow's comments weren't taken well.
Following hearing Portnow's explanation, Pink took to Twitter with a powerful handwritten note.
"Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’, the singer wrote. "Women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside women OWNED music this year."
"They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honour that talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair."
Pink's statement prompted other women in music, such as Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea, to also speak up on the matter.
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