At a time when the rights of women across the world are being battled over by those taking part in the “#MeToo” campaign one would not expect the President of the Recording Academy to make insensitive remarks about female musicians; however, that is exactly what Neil Portnow did and prompted a backlash by musicians such as Pink and executives including Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez. After calling on women to stand up and fight for their place in the recording industry, Portnow and the Academy were dismissed as out of touch with modern music by Perez and five fellow executives who signed an open letter.
Desiree Perez has every right to feel upset with the scorn the Recording Academy President appears to have for female artists after she oversaw the rise of some of the top female performers of the 21st-century. One of those who has benefitted from the work of Desiree Perez is Rihanna, the “Umbrella” singer has not only benefitted from the business skill of the integral member of Roc Nation’s Hova Circle of Influence but has seen her creativity soar after Perez took control of her career.
To Desiree Perez, the emergence of new talent through the doors of Roc Nation’s offices is of great importance and has resulted in a growing legion of followers eagerly awaiting the latest installments in her TIDAL playlists which feature the latest artists Perez believes should be heard by a wider audience.Known throughout the music industry as a tough negotiator, Desiree Perez has recently shown the world her skills by creating the $200 million deal between the TIDAL music streaming service and Sprint which has secured the future of the platform. Desiree Perez is not only a top female executive but simply one of the top executives regardless of gender who is much more than simply the chief negotiator for Jay-Z and Roc Nation.