Organizers of music’s famed Grammy Awards are putting an conclude to so-named “secret” committees that the likes of The Weeknd and other pop stars have alleged direct to rigging of the tunes awards demonstrate.
The Recording Academy stated Friday that nominations for the up coming Grammy Awards in January will be chosen by its 11,000 voting associates alternatively of by committees of 15 to 30 field experts that have remained anonymous.
Chairman and interim president and Main Executive of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr. termed 2021 an “unprecedented, transformational” year for the group.
“This is a new Academy, just one that is pushed to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the songs neighborhood,” he reported.
Improvements only came immediately after The Academy was slammed previous 12 months by Canadian artist The Weeknd, who received zero Grammy nominations, even even though his critically-acclaimed album “After Hours” was a single of the largest sellers of 2020.
The “Blinding Lights” singer took to Twitter past November, writing: “The Grammys continue being corrupt. You owe me, my enthusiasts and the marketplace transparency.” In March, the artist doubled-down and reported he was boycotting the audio awards show for good, citing “secret committees” that handpick the nominees.
The Weeknd is one particular of several pop stars who have accused Grammy organizers of being corrupt.REUTERS
Pop star Halsey, who was also snubbed by the 2021 Grammys, past year known as the nominations procedure “elusive” and claimed she was “hoping for far more transparency or reform.”
Meanwhile, Previous Just one Course singer Zayn Malik took to Twitter in March, calling for an close to “secret committees.”
“I’m trying to keep the pressure on & preventing for transparency & inclusion. We need to make sure we are honoring and celebrating ‘creative excellence’ of ALL,” Malik tweeted hrs in advance of 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The Recording Academy said in a assertion on Friday that the adjustments it manufactured had been not only “significant,” but would also “ensure that the Grammy Awards policies and recommendations are transparent and equitable.”
Allegations that the Grammy nominations process is rigged were made in a lawsuit filed in early 2019 by former CEO of the Recording Academy Deborah Dugan, who was fired.
Organizers of the Grammy Awards are placing an end to so-known as “secret” committees that some pop stars have allegedly led to rigging of the songs awards display.Corbis by means of Getty Photos
Dugan claimed she was axed for her allegations that the Academy’s users nominated artists they have relationships with, but the team dismissed the accusations as “categorically false, deceptive and completely wrong.”
In addition for creating variations to its nominations course of action, the Academy claimed Friday that it was including two new Grammy classes, a single for finest worldwide tunes performance, and the other for greatest Latin city new music album. This will carry the full variety of Grammy Awards each yr to 86.