Singer St. Vincent has condemned the "systemic sexism" in the music industry and said it is important that women are in positions of power for equality to be realised.

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Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, the 36-year-old singer whose real name is Annie Clark, said: "As all systems of power go, you need a seat at the table, 

"If you're not at the table, you're on the menu. So it's a question of having more women in positions of power to give people a chance who, for reasons of unfortunate systemic sexism in this case, have not had the opportunity."

''I see the tide turning. Equality for all doesn't mean 'at the detriment of this person or that person,' it means equality.''

 

St. Vincent, who won a Grammy last Sunday for her song Masseduction, added: ''From the directors of show, to the content, to the people I employ on tour, I feel that I'm very lucky to be able to employ women, because I am a woman. And I'm not threatened by other powerful women.

''I encourage them and I also enjoy being surrounded by them.''

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