Five-time Grammy nominee Harvey Mason Jr. is an acclaimed songwriter and producer who has worked with Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and many more.
In early 2020, he added the Acting President and CEO of the Recording Academy to his list of credits.
Spectrum News 1 host Bianca Rae spoke with Mason Jr. about his transformative first year in office and the academy’s renewed commitment to diversity and inclusion under his leadership. Click on the arrow above to watch the video.
“I think there has been a lot of progress. We have really transformed the academy a lot. We’ve changed so many things in the way we operate, how we vote, how we recruit members, what we do with our shows, ”he said. still many more to come.
Mason Jr. said they knew they had to do better.
“The working group did a great job, and they also thought we needed to do more on diversity,” he said. “One of the first things I did when I arrived, I think it was the second hire I made, was a diversity equity and inclusion manager.”
According to Mason Jr., the academy is looking at several things, including representation through different genres of music.
“This year we have a great nominee roster. I think this is the most diverse nominee roster we have ever had in the history of the organization – both in terms of race and fairness. between the sexes. “
You can watch more of our interview with Harvey Mason Jr., as well as interviews with Grammy nominated artists JP Saxe and D Smoke, on Countdown to the Grammy®s: A Spectrum News 1 Special, which will air multiple times on Spectrum News 1 and the Spectrum News app, leading up to the Grammy Awards on March 14. Check your listings for hours.