In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org – Neil Portnow is the president of the Recording Academy. In this clip Neil discusses the importance of music in society. He also talks about the significance of celebrating great musical works and recognizing the development of creativity today. Neil believes the state of music from a creative standpoint is very healthy, and that all music is a reflection of the times. He gives an example of the more recent evolution of hip-hop, how it has developed and its impact on many aspects of the mainstream market.