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GRAMMYS SCRAP ‘SECRET’ INDICATION COMMITTEES AFTER CRITICISM

The Academy said the “significant changes” in the award process “reflect its continued commitment to evolve with the music landscape and ensure that the rules and guidelines of the Grammy Awards are transparent and fair.”

Grammy organizers said on Friday that they are dismissing “secret” committees that select which artists will be nominated for prestigious music awards after criticism by artists and allegations of fraud.

The Recording Academy said nominations for the 2022 awards would be decided by all of its voting members of more than 11,000, rather than the anonymous expert committees of 15-30 members who made the selections previously.

The Academy said the “significant changes” in the award process “reflect its continued commitment to evolve with the music landscape and ensure that the rules and guidelines of the Grammy Awards are transparent and fair.”

In its statement, the organization said it is also reducing the number of categories in which voters can vote and added two new categories of awards, in Latin and global music, to add up to 86.

The changes came after the R&B star The Weeknd in November accused Grammy organizers of being corrupt, after he surprisingly received no nominations, despite a big year commercially.

“The Grammys are still corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency …”, the Canadian, known for hits like “Blinding Lights” and “Starboy”, tweeted at the time and promised to stop sending music for consideration. awards.

Harvey Mason Jr, president and interim president of the Academy, said it was “a year of unprecedented transformational changes for the Recording Academy”.

“This is a new Academy, which is focused on action and has doubled its commitment to meet the needs of the music community.”

Last year, the Academy’s first female CEO, Deborah Dugan, was fired for alleged bullying.

In a legal complaint, Dugan said she was fired after raising issues ranging from irregularities in the vote to sexual harassment and alleged rape.

Former One Direction frontman Zayn Malik criticized the anonymous nominating committees in March.

“I’m keeping up the pressure and fighting for transparency and inclusion. We need to make sure that we’re honoring and celebrating EVERYONE’s ‘creative excellence’. End the secret committees,” tweeted the singer, who was also never nominated with her ex-group. or as a solo artist.

“My tweet was not personal or about eligibility, but about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency in the nomination process and the space that creates and allows for favoritism, racism and network politics to influence the voting process”, added Malik.

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