Grammys Drop Secret Nominations Committees After Backlash

Written by on April 30, 2021

The Grammys are making a significant change.

The Recording Academy has voted to take away its controversial nominations overview committees, stories The New York Instances. These nameless skilled teams, which have been in place since 1989, overview the preliminary nomination selections from voting members and in the end determine who makes the lower in 61 of the Grammys’ 84 classes.

Lately, the “secret” committees have confronted criticism from artists together with The Weeknd, who famously blasted the Grammys after being shut out of the 2021 nominations regardless of the success of his newest album, After Hours.

“The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the business transparency…” he tweeted in November.

Later, the “Blinding Lights” singer advised The New York Instances that he deliberate to boycott the present till the committees have been eradicated. “Due to the key committees, I’ll not permit my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he mentioned.

On Friday, the Recording Academy’s board of trustees met and accredited the change to chop the nominations overview committees. “It’s been a yr of unprecedented, transformational change for the Recording Academy, and I’m immensely proud to have the ability to proceed our journey of development with these newest updates to our awards course of,” Harvey Mason Jr., the Academy’s interim president and CEO, mentioned in an announcement.

“This can be a new Academy, one that’s pushed to motion and that has doubled down on the dedication to assembly the wants of the music group. Whereas change and progress are key drivers of our actions, one factor will at all times stay — the Grammy Award is the one peer-driven and peer-voted recognition in music,” he continued. “We’re honored to work alongside the music group year-round to additional refine and defend the integrity of the awards course of.”

The committees are being eradicated for the 4 prime prizes (Album, Tune, File, and Greatest New Artist) and all style classes, however overview panels will stay for 11 craft classes masking awards for manufacturing, packaging, album notes, and historic recordings.

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