Update: November 25, 2021 5:54 PM STI
Washington [US], Nov 25 (ANI): To benefit artists Kanye West, Taylor Swift, ABBA and Lil Nas X, a report suggests the Recording Academy decided to increase the number of Grammy nominees just 24 hours before the announcement of the list.
According to Variety, the move, which saw the list of nominees in the first four general categories drop from eight to 10, was touted as a natural progression by CEO Harvey Mason jr.
He said: “We saw it as an incredible opportunity for us to honor more artists and spotlight more good music, and potentially offer a greater opportunity for more genres of music to be. honored. “
As for the abruptness of the move, “This is something we’ve been talking about for some time but it finally happened quite recently,” he said, adding: “We looked at the vote and the number of votes. submissions [for the 2022 Grammys] and I saw it as a great opportunity. “
The preliminary lists of nominees, which are traditionally released to the media 24 hours before the announcement, arrived much later than usual on Monday. Sources told Variety that the expansion of early lists was the cause of the delay.
Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith in You” were added to Disc of the Year; Swift’s “Evermore” and West’s “Donda” were additional contestants for Album of the Year.
“Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat and “Right on Time” by Brandi Carlile were nominated at the last minute for Song of the Year (Carlile’s second nomination in the category); and Baby Keem and Arooj Aftab have been added to Best New Artist Domain, according to the report.
The outlet, in which the report was published, was able to determine which artists benefited from the move from eight to ten by comparing the final list with a list created before Monday’s decision, a version that “had started circulating outside of Academy registration prior to the announcement of nominations Tuesday. ” According to Variety, the outlet said it had obtained a copy of the previous listing.
Mason told the outlet that the artists added to the list were simply the ninth and tenth most voted by Academy members. As to whether the multi-million dollar Grammy TV broadcast ratings were a consideration for the addition of Swift-West, he replied, “One thousand percent no. It was not a consideration.
Academy Co-President Valeisha Butterfield Jones added: “While it might seem rushed, it was truly a thoughtful and well-intentioned process that was also data-driven.”
Further questions about the final nominations were raised this week by recording artist Linda Chorney, who said she woke up this week to Google Alerts linked to reports showing she had been nominated for Best American Roots Performance for her song “Bored”. Yet when the official roster was released, Chorney’s song was not among the nominees, and a song by Rhiannon Giddens took its place that had apparently been his.
Chorney says she wrote to some of the reporters who ran an article claiming a nomination for her and heard apologetically from one of them that the information had been copied and pasted from it. ‘an incorrect source, but she received no feedback on what that source was.
With no explanation as to why erroneous news reports might have given her a nod, Chorney believes she got an appointment and that it was somehow quashed. ‘another one.
Chorney has taken on the Grammys over changes to the voting process over the years since she earned a nod in the Best American Album category in 2012, which she says was designed to prevent self-liberating artists like her to come back.
News from the outlet on the details of the last-minute expansion of the most important nominations sets an awkward tone for the upcoming Grammy Awards, an institution that has been marred by a string of unsavory controversies over the past five years.
Last year, The Weeknd was shockingly excluded from all nominations despite one of the most successful albums and singles of the year with “After Hours” and “Blinding Lights”.
Mason’s predecessor, Deborah Dugan, was fired because she alleged conflicts of interest and covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and even an allegation of rape. Earlier this year, the Academy eliminated its “secret” nomination review boards that had organized the final candidate lists for most categories, but that was only after years of complaints about misdemeanors. ‘insiders who culminated with Weeknd’s snub. The list goes on.
According to Variety, Mason had promised a new era of transparency, but the controversies continued. (ANI)