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Former Michelle Obama chief to head Grammys inclusion group

March 6, 2018

FILE - In this June 23, 2014, file photo, Tina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, speaks at The White House Summit on Working Families at a hotel in Washington. Tchen will head The Recording Academy’s new task force focused on inclusion and diversity, the academy announced Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama will head The Recording Academy’s new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

The academy announced Tuesday that Tina Tchen (chen), a veteran lawyer who is also working on the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, will chair the new initiative. The Grammys announced the task force after its CEO drew criticism for saying women need to “step up” when asked about the lack of female winners backstage at its 60th awards show, held in January.

The task force plans to uncover unconscious biases and other barriers that impede women’s success in the music industry.

Tchen says in a statement it’s “an important initial step by the Recording Academy to demonstrate its commitment to tackling these challenges in a comprehensive way.”

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