Grammys Deny Claims of Nomination Voting Corruption: “No Exceptions”

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Beyoncé Grammys photo via Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Beyoncé Grammys photograph by way of Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Deborah Dugan—the previous Grammys president and CEO who was put on administrative leave following an allegation of misconduct from the previous assistant of her predecessor, Neil Portnow—lately filed a complaint detailing her personal allegations of sexual harassment, corruption, and racial discrimination inside the Recording Academy.

The criticism outlined what Dugan considered as a corrupt nominations course of for the Grammy Awards, one during which an artist who “initially ranked 18 out of 20 in the 2019 ‘Song of the Year’ category” was finally nominated that very same 12 months after being allowed to take a seat on the nominations committee. It additionally acknowledged that this artist was represented by a member of the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy.

Now, the Recording Academy has responded concerning the Grammy nomination course of, denying Dugan’s claims of corruption. “Spurious allegations claiming members or committees use our process to push forward nominations for artists they have relationships with are categorically false, misleading and wrong,” Chief Awards Officer Bill Freimuth wrote in an announcement despatched to Pitchfork. “This process is strictly enforced with everyone involved and has no exceptions.”

The full assertion reads:

It is the objective of the Recording Academy to make sure the GRAMMY Awards
course of is led in a good and moral method and that voting members
make their selections primarily based solely on the inventive excellence and
technical deserves of eligible recordings.

Spurious allegations claiming members or committees use our course of to
push ahead nominations for artists they’ve relationships with are
categorically false, deceptive and incorrect. This course of is strictly
enforced with everybody concerned and has no exceptions.

The Nomination Review Committees are made up of a various group of
present and related music creators with a excessive degree of experience in
their respective genres. These committee members are all Voting
Members. Committees are constructed by the Chair in session with the
President/CEO and Chief Awards Officer utilizing names submitted by all
Academy Chapters. Many are Trustees. They are chosen weeks earlier than the
1st spherical entry listing is created so it’s unknown whether or not any of the
accredited members could have been concerned in a possible nomination.
Because these committee members are on the high of their craft, and
many members work with a number of artists, it’s not uncommon that some
of the folks in every room will find yourself with nominations from the primary

There are strict guidelines in place to handle any battle of
curiosity. Should a committee member qualify for a GRAMMY, they’re
required to depart the room for your entire listening session and are
NOT allowed to vote in that class. Committee members have no idea
the rating of any entry and the voting is by secret poll. The
committees usually are not confidential, however the committee members’ names are
for the plain cause of stopping lobbying from outdoors events,
subsequently additional defending the integrity of the voting course of.
Everything referring to the nomination and voting processes is ready up
with the intention of defending the integrity of the awards so as
to acknowledge and have a good time artists’ excellence.

We stay totally dedicated to the integrity, transparency and
robustness of the awards and look ahead with pleasure to
celebrating the artists who deservingly obtain them. We are acutely
conscious that many artists have labored a lifetime for this second at
music’s greatest night time and it’s them we need to concentrate on once we
have a good time this weekend.

Following the criticism, the Recording Academy issued a statement to assert that Dugan didn’t elevate the “grave allegations” present in her criticism till authorized claims had been made in opposition to her. In flip, Dugan’s workforce denied that cost. Earlier in the present day, she went on Good Morning America* and *CBS This Morning to debate the criticism and her allegations in opposition to the Academy.

Read “Every Allegation in Former Grammy Chief Deborah Dugan’s Recording Academy Complaint.”