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Grammy Awards Officially Removes the Term ‘Urban’ from Its Categories

Amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, the Recording Academy has removed the term ‘urban’ from multiple Grammy Awards categories, as part of a broad shift in its categorizations and rules. Recording Academy officials unveiled the Grammy Awards changes in a press release, which was shared with Digital Music News. The ‘urban’ alteration […]

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Recording Academy Names ‘Chief Diversity Officer’ In Wake of Ugly Grammys Fallout

On the heels of a very public and controversial battle with former CEO Deborah Dugan, the Recording Academy has appointed Valeisha Butterfield Jones as its chief diversity and inclusion officer. The Recording Academy revealed Butterfield Jones’s hiring in a press release, which was shared with Digital Music News. She will begin reporting directly to interim […]

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SXSW Decides to Announce Its Film Festival Award Winners

Photo Credit: Unsplash SXSW is announcing its film festival award winners today, despite the festival’s cancellation earlier this month. This year’s SXSW film festival had several special award juries set up. Janet Pierson, SXSW’s Director of Film, says changes were made to honor this year’s filmmakers. “We’re honored to at least be able to present […]

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2020 Summer Olympics Officially Postponed Because of Coronavirus Concerns

The newly built Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, where a portion of the rescheduled 2020 Olympics will take place. In what is likely the most significant coronavirus-prompted postponement to date, Olympic officials and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to delay the Summer Olympics until 2021. The Tokyo Olympics had previously been slated to […]

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iHeartRadio Music Awards Cancelled Over Coronavirus Concerns

iHeartRadio Denver (photo: Jeffrey Beall CC by 4.0) The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in the indefinite postponement of yet another much-anticipated music-industry event: the iHeartRadio Music Awards. iHeartRadio took to Twitter this morning to announce the cancellation. The company’s message reiterated that the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ venue, the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, will […]

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Coronavirus Concerns Prompt Canadian Music Week 2020 Delay

photo: Marcus Neto Canadian Music Week 2020 has been rescheduled in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2020 Canadian Music Week Conference and Expo had previously been slated to take place between May 19th and 23rd, and organizers reiterated the long-held timetable earlier this month. However, ongoing health concerns, as well as a government-issued […]