The “secret committees” — groups of anonymous vote casting members who uncover the nominations in key genres fancy rock, rap and dance song — were first dropped at the public’s attention in 2020 when stale Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan filed a complaint in opposition to the group following her ouster.
“The Grammy vote casting course of is ripe with corruption,” Dugan alleged in her Equal Employment Opportunity Price complaint, pointing in particular to instances in which “members of the board [of trustees] and the key committees selected artists with whom they’ve deepest or trade relationships.”
After the Weeknd didn’t acquire any nominations at the most most up-to-date Grammy Awards despite having one of many most attention-grabbing-selling albums (After Hours) and singles (“Blinding Lights”), the singer blamed the “corrupt” vote casting body. “The Grammys live corrupt. You owe me, my followers, and the trade transparency…,” the singer tweeted in November 2020.
The Weeknd added in March 2021, “Attributable to the key committees, I might no longer allow my stamp to submit my song to the Grammys.”
In accordance with the controversy, the Recording Academy announced Friday that those courses made up our minds by the “Nominations Overview Committees” (“15-30 highly knowledgeable song peers who represented and voted within their genre communities”) will now be “particular by a majority, behold-to-behold vote of vote casting members of the Recording Academy.”
“It’s been a twelve months of extra special, transformational alternate for the Recording Academy, and I’m immensely proud to be ready to continue our rush of growth with these most up-to-date updates to our Awards course of,” Recording Academy chair and interval in-between CEO Harvey Mason Jr. acknowledged in an announcement. “Right here’s a recent Academy, one which is pushed to motion and that has doubled down on the dedication to assembly the wants of the song community.”
Additional adjustments to the vote casting course of encompass a 10-class and three-field restrict on what Recording Academy members can vote on (it used to be previously 15), and confirmed that better than 90 p.c of members will uncover gone via “the requalification course of by the destroy of this twelve months, guaranteeing that the vote casting body is actively engaged in song creation.”
“As an Academy, now we uncover reaffirmed our dedication to continue to meet the wants of song creators in every single put, and this twelve months’s adjustments are a timely and doubtless step ahead within the evolution of our vote casting course of,” Bill Freimuth, the Academy’s chief awards officer, acknowledged in an announcement. “We rely upon the song community to encourage us to continue to conform, and we’re grateful for his or her collaboration and management.”
Furthermore, the Recording Academy announced a pair of recent Grammy courses — Simplest Worldwide Tune Efficiency and Simplest Música Urbana Album — as well to extending the eligibility closing date for the 2022 Grammys an additional month to September 30th, 2021. All adjustments announced Friday will happen straight away for the 64th annual Grammy Awards, scheme for January 31st, 2022.