Organizers of music’s famed Grammy Awards are putting an conclude to so-known as “secret” committees that the likes of The Weeknd and other pop stars have alleged direct to rigging of the tunes awards clearly show.
The Recording Academy mentioned Friday that nominations for the future Grammy Awards in January will be preferred by its 11,000 voting members rather of by committees of 15 to 30 field gurus that have remained nameless.
Chairman and interim president and Main Govt of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr. named 2021 an “unprecedented, transformational” 12 months for the team.
“This is a new Academy, just one that is pushed to action and that has doubled down on the dedication to assembly the requires of the audio group,” he explained.
Improvements only arrived soon after The Academy was slammed final yr by Canadian artist The Weeknd, who bought zero Grammy nominations, even though his critically-acclaimed album “After Hours” was just one of the largest sellers of 2020.
The “Blinding Lights” singer took to Twitter previous November, writing: “The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my admirers and the sector transparency.” In March, the artist doubled-down and explained he was boycotting the songs awards show for excellent, citing “secret committees” that handpick the nominees.
Pop star Halsey, who was also snubbed by the 2021 Grammys, final year called the nominations system “elusive” and stated she was “hoping for additional transparency or reform.”
Meanwhile, Former One particular Path singer Zayn Malik took to Twitter in March, calling for an stop to “secret committees.”
“I’m holding the stress on & combating for transparency & inclusion. We have to have to make absolutely sure we are honoring and celebrating ‘creative excellence’ of ALL,” Malik tweeted several hours before 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The Recording Academy mentioned in a statement on Friday that the improvements it created ended up not only “significant,” but would also “ensure that the Grammy Awards regulations and suggestions are clear and equitable.”
Allegations that the Grammy nominations system is rigged were being manufactured in a lawsuit filed in early 2019 by previous CEO of the Recording Academy Deborah Dugan, who was fired.
Dugan claimed she was axed for her allegations that the Academy’s associates nominated artists they have interactions with, but the group dismissed the accusations as “categorically false, misleading and incorrect.”
In addition for making variations to its nominations system, the Academy stated Friday that it was including two new Grammy categories, one particular for best world-wide tunes efficiency, and the other for very best Latin urban tunes album. This will convey the complete variety of Grammy Awards each individual year to 86.