The organisers of music’s Grammy Awards have introduced an finish to the “secret” committees which have led to allegations that the very best honours within the business are open to rigging.
The Recording Academy mentioned on Friday that nominations for the following Grammy Awards in January 2022 can be chosen by all of its greater than 11,000 voting members, as an alternative of by committees of 15-30 business specialists whose names weren’t revealed.
The Academy was criticised final yr when Canadian artist The Weeknd bought zero Grammy nominations, although his critically acclaimed album After Hours was one of many greatest sellers of 2020.
The Weeknd, in a Twitter put up final November, said: “The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the business transparency.”
The Recording Academy mentioned in a press release on Friday that the adjustments had been vital and had been made “to make sure that the Grammy Awards guidelines and pointers are clear and equitable.”
Allegations that the Grammy nominations course of is tainted had been made in a legal complaint filed in early 2020 by the previous chief government of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan.
On the time, the Academy dismissed as “categorically false, deceptive and flawed” Dugan’s claims that its members pushed artists they’ve relationships with. Dugan was later fired.
American pop star Halsey, additionally shut out of the 2021 Grammys, final yr referred to as the nominations course of “elusive” and mentioned she was “hoping for extra transparency or reform.”
Former One Path singer Zayn Malik referred to as in March for an finish to “secret committees.”
“I’m holding the strain on & combating for transparency & inclusion. We’d like to verify we’re honoring and celebrating ‘artistic excellence’ of ALL,” Malik tweeted hours forward of the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The Recording Academy on Friday additionally mentioned it was including two new Grammy classes – for finest world music efficiency, and finest Latin city music album – bringing to 86 the overall variety of Grammy Awards annually.
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