Grammys send letter to members about women representation

FILe - In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, President of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow poses in the press room at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in N

NEW YORK (AP) — After a few missteps, The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that they are not lagging behind the music industry when it comes to female representation.

In a letter sent to members Thursday, obtained by The Associated Press, the academy offers statistics to show that women had a larger presence at the Grammy Awards compared to the industry standard.

The letter come weeks after a University of Southern California study said 90.7 percent of the nominees were male and 9.3 percent were female between 2012 and 2017.

The academy said that 17 percent of its nominees were women when looking at the same six years in all of its 84 categories,

Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was criticized last month when he said women need to "step up."