The Grammys deny allegations that the nomination process is rigged.

With just a couple of days before the Grammys, “music’s biggest night” (their words), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization in charge of the event, is dealing with the disaster wrought by their apparent treatment of its now-ex CEO, Deborah Dugan.

She not only claims that she was forced out by the old boys club after she tried to affect much-needed institutional change (you can read my summary of the situation here), but that the whole nomination process is rigged.

Gee, what a shock. Haven’t you watched the Grammys and wondered why so many featured performers on the broadcast end up winning? There was a specific charge about the 2019 Best Song category where a board member pushed a longshot to a finalist ahead of both Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. (Hmm. Who could that have been?)

The Grammy people did what you’d expect: They denied everything. Here’s the statement (via Variety):

“Spurious allegations claiming members or committees use our process to push forward nominations for artists they have relationships with are categorically false, misleading and wrong,” Chief Awards Officer Bill Freimuth wrote in a statement sent to Variety. “This process is strictly enforced with everyone involved and has no exceptions.”

Again, I ask the question: Will host Alicia Keys address the situation on the telecast?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Grammys deny allegations that the nomination process is rigged.

  • January 24, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    I sincerely hope Ms. Keys finds a way to avoid commenting. I wouldn’t wish her to get caught up in the middle of this Clusterfuck…

    ps. I’m aware that block voting (trading votes) amongst the labels was a common occurrence, before the 90’s.


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