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Female entertainment execs blast Recording Academy head

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Portnow at this year's Grammy Awards. Photo: Michael Kovac / Getty Images for NARAS

Female executives from Universal, Warner and Sony penned a letter to the Recording Academy's board of trustees calling on President Neil Portnow to resign in light of his response to the unequal representation of female artists in the Grammy Awards, reports Variety. Portnow said female musicians must "step up" for more representation.

The backdrop: On Thursday, a group of female record executives signed a similar letter, saying, "We step up every single day and have been doing so for a long time. The fact that you don’t realize this means it’s time for you to step down."