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Grammy organisers change rules after allegations of corruption

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 trade are open to rigging.

The Recording Academy stated that nominations for the subsequent Grammy Awards in January 2022 shall be chosen by all of its greater than 11,000 voting members, as a substitute of by committees of 15-30 trade specialists whose names weren’t revealed.

The Academy was slammed final yr when Canadian artist The Weeknd bought zero Grammy nominations, although his critically acclaimed album “After Hours” was one of many largest sellers of 2020.

The Weeknd, in a Twitter put up final November, stated “The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the trade transparency.”

The Recording Academy stated in an announcement on Friday that the adjustments had been important and had been made “to make sure that the Grammy Awards guidelines and pointers are clear and equitable.”

Allegations that the Grammy nominations course of is tainted had been made in a authorized criticism filed in early 2019 by the previous chief government of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan.

On the time, the Academy dismissed as “categorically false, deceptive and mistaken” 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 extra transparency or reform.”

Former One Path singer Zayn Malik referred to as in March for an finish to “secret committees.”

“I’m maintaining the strain on & combating for transparency & inclusion. We’d like to verify we’re honoring and celebrating ‘artistic 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 world music efficiency, and finest Latin city music album – bringing to 86 the full variety of Grammy Awards every year.

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