The Weeknd took to Twitter to praise Ariana Grande’s production skills following a viral tweet about female producers.
On Sunday night (May 1), producer Kenny Beats took to social media to praise Doja Cat, King Princess, Rosalía and Grande, saying “we need to talk more about women producers every day.”
“Ariana Grande is crazy about composing vocals with 100 batteries. Rosalía engineers at the highest level. King Princess will walk around a room and play all + track alone. Doja has its own beats that are unreal,” he explained.
Sharing the tweet, The Weeknd also praised Grande. “I saw Ariana working in real time. This woman is a BEAST on Pro Tools,” he wrote.
I saw Ariana working in real time. This woman is a BEAST on pro tools https://t.co/o8S6IUwaDI
— The Weekend (@theweeknd) May 1, 2022
The Weeknd and Grande have previously worked together on 2014’s “Love Me Harder,” 2020’s “Off The Table” and a remix of 2021’s “Save Your Tears.”
Responding to Kenny Beats’ tweet, King Princess wrote: “I love you Kenny Beats and it’s great to have people like you growing people like us. It’s easy to forget that ARTISTS, and especially women, lgbtq+ and poc artists work in the studio and are often overlooked as producers.
“Never forget the girls, we are the big bosses of the studio”, she says added.
I love you @kennybeats and it’s great to have people like you growing people like us. It’s easy to forget that ARTISTS, and especially women, lgbtq+ and poc artists work in the studio and are often overlooked as producers.
— King Princess (@KingPrincess69) May 2, 2022
Last year, a study confirmed that women are underrepresented in popular music.
Assessing the “gender and race/ethnicity of artists, songwriters, and producers among the top 800 songs (from the Hot 100 Year-End Billboard Charts) from 2012 to 2019,” researchers found that less than 23% artists and less than 2 percent of producers were women.
Last month, The Weeknd debuted a slew of “Dawn FM” material during his Coachella Festival 2022 headline.
He headlined alongside Swedish House Mafia, the duo replacing Kanye West as headliners, and performed “Sacrifice”, “How Can I Make You Love Me” and ” Out Of Time”.
Elsewhere in the set, The Weeknd covered Kanye West’s “Hurricane” alongside other covers from Future, Drake and Ty Dolla $ign.