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Music Attorney Joel Katz Exits Greenberg Traurig “By Mutual Understanding”

Music attorney Joel Katz has exited Greenberg Traurig “by mutual understanding,” the 54-year-old law firm has confirmed. Greenberg Traurig, which has about 40 offices around the globe, recently acknowledged the departure of Joel Katz in a statement. Katz, who short-lived Recording Academy head Deborah Dugan accused of sexual harassment, was the founding chairman of the […]

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The Weeknd Won’t Be Part of the Grammy’s Rescheduled March Ceremony

The Weeknd – who called the Grammys “corrupt” after receiving zero nominations – isn’t set to perform at the rescheduled ceremony, according to interim Recording Academy president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. The Weeknd – whose “After Hours” work, part of the commercially successful namesake album, placed first on Spotify’s “Top Tracks of 2020” chart, […]

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The Grammys Officially Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Recording Academy has officially postponed the 63rd Grammys from Sunday, January 31st, until Sunday, March 14th. Recording Academy interim president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. recently announced the Grammys’ postponement, in a joint statement with CBS EVP of Specials, Music, Live Events, and Alternative Programming Jack Sussman as well as Grammys executive producer and […]

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Fiona Apple Wonders Why the Grammys Abruptly Fired Deborah Dugan: “That All Reeks to Me”

Fiona Apple at Damrosch Park Aug 8, 2015 (photo Sachyn Mital CC by 3.0) Fiona Apple has revealed that she wonders why the Recording Academy fired short-lived president and CEO Deborah Dugan, in addition to accusing the Grammys of virtue signaling by nominating only females (including herself) for the “Best Rock Performance” award. Fiona Apple […]

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The Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party Is Still Happening — Virtually, That Is

The annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala is still set to take place – albeit virtually, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clive Davis recently confirmed that the 45th edition of his much-anticipated pre-Grammy party will occur remotely, officially acknowledging the happening during an invitation-only livestream event from WME partner (and cohead of scripted TV) Richard Weitz, […]

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The Grammys Paid More Than $4.5 Million In Legal Fees Last Year — With $2.5 Million Going to Two Law Firms

The Grammys paid more than $4.5 million in legal fees last year, according to the Recording Academy’s newly released Form 990 for the 12 months ending on July 31st, 2019. Digital Music News obtained an exclusive copy of the Grammys’ Form 990, which revealed that the Recording Academy dropped a staggering $4,522,077 on legal fees […]

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The Grammys Asks Tiffany Haddish to Host Its Pre-Event Ceremony, Refuses to Pay Any Costs

The Grammys are facing yet another round of criticism, this time for asking Tiffany Haddish to host a pre-event ceremony but declining to pay the actress and comedian or cover her wardrobe-related expenses. In a recent interview, The Last O.G. star Tiffany Haddish spoke of the decidedly stingy Grammys hosting offer. According to the 41-year-old, […]

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Ellie Goulding Questions the Grammys and the Entire Concept of Music Awards: “What Constitutes the Worthiness of an Award?”

Ellie Goulding performing live. Photo Credit: Tuomas Vitikainen Amid continued controversy and pushback over The Weeknd and Halsey’s 2021 Grammys snubs, Ellie Goulding is questioning the purpose of the Recording Academy-organized event – as well as the core concept of awards – in the contemporary music industry. Ellie Goulding, who has received a single Grammy […]