Saturday, May 1st, 2021
End for secret committee
Grammys change the rules after criticism
After The Weeknd went empty-handed despite its worldwide chart successes at the Grammys last year, he sensed manipulation. The organizers are now responding to a number of similar allegations: In future, all around 12,000 members of the Academy will decide on the award, not just a few experts.
After severe criticism of their nomination policy, the organizers of the Grammy Awards want to change the rules. In the future, the more than 12,000 voting members will decide on the nominations for the most important US music awards, said the Recording Academy in Los Angeles. The committees previously responsible for this, consisting of 15 to 30 industry experts, whose names remained secret, would be abolished.
At the same time, the coveted music prizes should be expanded to include the categories of Latin American music and world music, the Academy continued. That brings the total number of categories to 86. The changes should reflect the Academy’s “ongoing commitment” to “evolve with the music landscape and to ensure that the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and fair”.
The Academy’s selection process was recently criticized after R&B star The Weeknd missed out on the Grammy nominations despite a commercially successful 2020. After the nominations were announced last November, the Canadian artist accused the Grammys on Twitter of remaining “corrupt”: “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency,” he said.
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik criticized the anonymous nomination bodies in March. “I keep the pressure on and fight for transparency and inclusion. We have to make sure we honor and celebrate the ‘creative excellence’ of everyone. End the secret committees,” tweeted the singer, who never worked with his former group or as a solo artist was nominated.