The organisers of music’s Grammy Awards on Friday introduced an finish to the so-called “secret” committees which have led to allegations that the best honors within the business are open to rigging.
The Recording Academy stated that nominations for the subsequent Grammy Awards in January 2022 will likely be chosen by all of its greater than 11,000 voting members, as a substitute of by committees of 15-30 business consultants whose names weren’t revealed.
The Academy was slammed final yr when Canadian artist The Weeknd acquired zero Grammy nominations, though his critically acclaimed album “After Hours” was one of the most important sellers of 2020.
The Weeknd, in a Twitter submit final November, stated “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”
The Recording Academy stated in an announcement on Friday that the modifications had been vital and had been made “to ensure that the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.”
Allegations that the Grammy nominations course of is tainted had been made in a authorized grievance filed in early 2019 by the previous chief government of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan.
At the time, the Academy dismissed as “categorically false, misleading and wrong” 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 stated she was “hoping for more transparency or reform.”
“I’m keeping the pressure on & fighting for transparency & inclusion. We need to make sure we are honoring and celebrating ‘creative excellence’ of ALL,” Malik tweeted hours forward of the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The Recording Academy on Friday additionally stated it was including two new Grammy classes – for finest international music efficiency, and finest Latin city music album – bringing to 86 the overall quantity of Grammy Awards every year.