Neil Portnow bid adieu to his role as Recording Academy president after this year's Grammy Awards, but not without a proper farewell that promised an even brighter future.
Following tributes from John Legend, Celine Dion, Jimmy Jam and other stars, Portnow took the stage to deliver one final speech that addressed both the controversy he's faced and what's to come for the Grammys.
"This past year I’ve been reminded that if coming face-to-face with an issue opens your eyes wide enough, it makes you more committed than ever to help address those issues," he said. "The need for social change has been a hallmark of the American experience, from the founding of our country to the complex times we live in today. So we must seize this unique moment to bring change within our own industry to ensure that there is diversity and inclusion in all that we do. And we will."