Grammy Organizers End Controversial 'Secret Committees' For Nominations

Written by on May 1, 2021

The Recording Academy introduced on Friday that it has eradicated its controversial Grammy nomination evaluate committees, usually chided as “secret committees,” amongst a listing of different adjustments.

The Academy revealed that nominations would now be decided by a peer-to-peer vote by its total voting membership physique. Beforehand, nominations for a majority of the Grammy classes, together with style and common fields (Report of the Yr, Album of the Yr, Track of the Yr, Finest New Artist), had been decided by a gaggle of 15 to 30 music business voters, whose identities had been stored nameless.

The transfer follows years of criticism over the Grammy nomination course of that was renewed in March, when The Weeknd introduced his vow to boycott future awards exhibits after he didn’t rating a single nod for the 2021 ceremony. His tune “Blinding Lights” made historical past this yr, turning into the primary tune to ever spend a yr on the Billboard Sizzling 100’s high 10, the publication introduced.

“Due to the key committees, I’ll now not enable my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” the singer, who has three Grammys from earlier years, informed The New York Instances.

Zayn Malik aired comparable grievances that month, calling out the Grammys for a “lack of transparency of the nomination course of” amid a sequence of tweets criticizing the Academy.

The Grammy Awards have lengthy confronted criticism and accusations of racism, together with prices that even when Black artists are nominated, they’ve traditionally been snubbed out of awards.

Final yr Nicki Minaj notably known as out the Grammys by reminding followers that she didn’t win the Finest New Artist award in 2012 regardless of coming off a string of hits. Beyoncé followers had been equally floored that she didn’t win Album of the Yr for “Lemonade” in 2017.

John Legend informed Leisure Weekly final yr that he thought it was “virtually not possible for a Black artist to win Album of the Yr.” The final Black artist to take action was Herbie Hancock in 2007.

Along with the elimination of the nominations evaluate committee, the Academy introduced that over 90% of its members will undergo a “requalification course of” to make sure the “voting physique is actively engaged in music creation.” (Some nomination committees, known as “craft committees,” will stay in place for newly consolidated classes “Bundle, Notes & Historic Subject” and “Manufacturing Subject.”)

The Recording Academy introduced different adjustments, together with a discount within the variety of classes a voting member can vote in, and an addition of two new classes: Finest International Music Efficiency (International Music Subject) and Finest Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Subject).

“It is a new Academy, one that’s pushed to motion and that has doubled down on the dedication to assembly the wants of the music neighborhood,” Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy chair and interim president-CEO stated in a press release.

The brand new adjustments go in impact instantly and might be mirrored within the 2022 Grammy Awards present subsequent January.


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