The amount of Grammy awards given to female artists spiked massively this year, just 12 months on the some controversial comments by the president of The Recording Academy.

Back in early 2018, the 60th Grammy Awards attracted quite large amount of criticism after a disproportionate amount of male artists were given honours during the ceremony.

While hashtags such as #GrammysSoMale sprung up almost immediately, The Record Academy’s president, Neil Portnow, decided to put out this fire with what turned out to be a verbal accelerant.

Speaking to Variety after the awards, Portnow stated that female artists “need to step up”, which instantly attracted vast criticism, especially from a number of high profile female label executives who called his comments “woefully out of touch”.

Now, one year on, we have now seen the results of the 2019 edition of the Grammys, and women have absolutely killed it.

As AltPress reports, the 61st Grammy Awards have seen a 82 percent increase in awards being given to female artists.

While 2018 saw 17 of the 86 awards handed out to female artists, this year’s event saw 31 of the 84 awards go to female acts –  an increase of 82 percent on last year’s awards.

In fact, the majority of the awards were much more female-oriented than usual, with Alicia Keys pulling hosting duties, the likes of Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, and more serving as performers.