Organizers of the Grammy Awards on Friday announced the end of so-called “secret” committees, which led to claims that the highest honors in the industry were open to counterfeiting.
The Recording Academy said the nominations for the next Grammy Awards in January 2022 will be chosen by all of its more than 11,000 voting members, instead of commissions of 15-30 industry experts whose names have not been revealed.
The academy was shattered last year when Canadian singer The Weeknd received zero Grammy nominations, although his critically acclaimed album “After Hours” was one of the best-selling albums of 2020.
The Weeknd, in a Twitter post last November, said: “Grammys remain corrupt. You owe it to me, my fans and the transparency in the industry.”
The Recording Academy said in a statement Friday that the changes were significant and were made “to ensure that the rules and guidelines of the Grammy Awards are transparent and fair”.
Allegations that the Grammy nomination process is flawed were made in a legal complaint filed in early 2019 by the former executive director of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan.
At the time, the Academy dismissed as “outright false, misleading, and wrong” Dugan’s claims that its members were pushing artists with whom they had connections. Dugan was later fired.
American pop star Halsey, who was also expelled from the Grammy in 2021, called the nomination process “elusive” last year and said he “hopes for more transparency or reform”.
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik called for the termination of “secret committees” in March.
“I support the pressure to fight for transparency and inclusion. We need to make sure we honor and celebrate the ‘creative excellence’ of EVERYONE,” Malik tweets hours before the 2021 Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy also said Friday that it is adding two new Grammy categories – for best world music performance and best Latin album for urban music – leading to 86 total Grammy Awards each year.
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