The organizers of the Grammy Awards have scrapped their nameless voting committees following allegations of rigging, favoritism and racism.
The Recording Academy stated its voting members – which run into hundreds – would as an alternative choose subsequent year’s nominations and winners.
Stars reminiscent of Zayn Malik and Halsey had claimed the choice course of was unfair and lacked transparency.
Artists of color have lengthy criticised the awards for a scarcity of range.
Earlier this yr, the Canadian singer The Weekend accused the Grammy organizers of being corrupt after he was snubbed on this year’s nominations, regardless of successful single that spent a record-breaking 52 weeks within the US Prime 10.
The Recording Academy, a not-for-profit organisation that represents music makers, stated that the choice of nominees and winners was being “positioned again within the arms of your complete voting membership physique”.
It added that greater than 90% of its members would undergo a “requalification course of” to make sure that the voting physique “is actively engaged in music creation”.
The Academy stated it was additionally lowering quite a lot of classes by which voters could vote, and including two new award classes.
Harvey Mason, chair and interim president of the Recording Academy, stated it had been a “yr of unprecedented, transformational change” for the organisation.
“This can be a new Academy, one that’s pushed to motion and that has doubled down on the dedication to assembly the wants of the music group,” he stated.
Final yr, the then-chief government of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan, claimed to have proof of “critical” irregularities within the voting. Her claims got here after she was positioned on administrative depart following allegations of misconduct, though she stated it was in retaliation for talking.
5 days earlier than this yr’s ceremony, Zayn Malik – who has by no means been nominated – had tweeted: “Except you shake arms and ship items, there is no nomination issues. Subsequent yr I will ship you a basket of confectionery.”
He later clarified he was involved “concerning the want for inclusion and the dearth of transparency of the nomination course of”, saying the present system “permits favouritism, racism, and networking politics to affect the voting”.
In the meantime, The Weekend, whose actual identify is Abel Tesfaye, instructed Billboard journal: “In case you had been like, ‘Do you suppose the Grammys are racist?’ I believe the one actual reply is that within the final 61 years of the Grammys, solely 10 Black artists have received album of the year.
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