Kanye West criticized the Grammys in a series of tweets Wednesday and now Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which organizes the awards ceremony, has responded.
“Kanye West, I’m not on Twitter but just hit me up and let’s have that sit down,” Portnow said via the official Grammys Twitter account.
.@kanyewest, I’m not on Twitter but just hit me up and let’s have that sit down. – Neil Portnow
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) February 24, 2016
“I would like to sit down with Neil Portnow right now,” West tweeted earlier Wednesday. “Neil please reach out as soon as possible so we can make the Grammys culturally relevant again.”
Portnow provided a more extensive comment in a statement to EW and said, “Kanye West is a creative pioneer who has been recognized and honored by The Recording Academy time and again. We value his input as a member of the creative community, and our doors are always open to him. I continue to welcome Kanye, personally, to engage in a direct and productive dialogue about the future of music and the important role that music creators play in shaping that future.”
During his career, West has received 57 Grammy nominations and won 21 of them.