The Recording Academy announced on Friday that it has eliminated its controversial Grammy nomination review committees, often called “secret committees”, among a list of other changes.
The academy revealed that nominations will now be determined by a vote of partners from its entire voting body. Previously, nominations for most of the Grammy categories, including genre and general areas (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist), were determined by a group of 15 to 30 voters in the music scene. an industry whose identity was anonymous.
The move follows years of criticism of the Grammy nomination process, which was resumed in March when The Weeknd vowed to boycott future awards after failing to nod for the 2021
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to send my music to the Grammys,” the singer, who has three Grammys from previous years, told The New York Times.
This month, Zane Malik issued similar complaints, calling on Grammy for a “lack of transparency in the nomination process” among a number of tweets criticizing the Academy.
The Grammy Awards have long faced criticism and accusations of racism, including accusations, even from black artists. are nominated, they have historically been deprived of awards.
Last year, Nicki Minaj called for a Grammy, reminding fans that she did not win the Best New Artist award in 2012, even though she came out of a series of hits. Beyoncé fans were so similar that she did not win the Album of the Year for “Lemonade” in 2017.
John Legend told Entertainment Weekly last year that he thought it was “almost impossible for a black artist to win Album of the Year.” The last black artist to do so was Herbie Hancock in 2007.
In addition to abolishing the nomination review committee, the Academy announced that more than 90% of its members would go through a “retraining process” to ensure that the “electorate is actively involved in making music”. (Some nomination committees, called “craft committees”, will remain in force for the newly consolidated categories “Package, notes and historical field” and “Production field”.)
The Recording Academy has announced other changes, including reducing the number of categories in which a member with the right to vote can vote, as well as adding two new categories: Best Global Music Field and Best Album by Urban Music (Latin Music Field).
“This is a new Academy that is driven to action and has redoubled its commitment to meeting the needs of the music community,” Harvey Mason Jr., chairman of the recording academy and interim CEO, said in a statement.
The new changes take effect immediately and will be reflected in the Grammy Awards show in 2022 next January.
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