Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Gill is defending the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards.

Gill says it's impossible not to leave someone off the list each year and that some group always feels slighted.

The country music star made the comments earlier this week before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha.

The Recording Academy drew criticism for a variety of issues, including not having album of the year nominee Lorde perform on last month's live telecast.

Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow intensified the problem, saying that women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of female winners. He later said he misspoke.

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