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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 […]

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Halsey Says the Recording Academy Demands ‘Bribes’ for Grammys Nominations and Awards

Halsey in 2019. Photo Credit: Toglenn In a since-deleted Instagram post, Halsey criticized the Recording Academy’s behind-the-scenes operations – including by stating that the organization accepts “bribes” for Grammys nominations and awards. The New Jersey-born artist’s firmly worded criticism of the Recording Academy arrives just days after The Weeknd took aim at the 63-year-old entity, […]

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The Grammy Awards Don’t Matter Anymore – These Trends Prove It

Photo Credit: Sudhith Xavier The Grammy Awards don’t matter anymore – and it’s not because of controversy or snubs. The Recording Academy announced the 63rd annual Grammy Awards nominations earlier this week on Tuesday. But the announcement has been met with critical reception from artists – and total ambivalence by the general public. First, let’s […]

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The Weeknd Calls the Grammys ‘Corrupt’ — Grammys CEO Responds

After failing to receive a Grammy nomination despite the immense commercial success of his After Hours album, The Weeknd has called the annual awards show “corrupt” – prompting the Recording Academy’s interim president and CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., to respond. Yesterday, the Recording Academy unveiled the list of artists and professionals who’re in the running […]

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Grammys Rename ‘World Music’ Category to Avoid ‘Connotations of Colonialism’

The Recording Academy has officially renamed the Grammys’ ‘Best World Music Album’ award category – which is now ‘Best Global Music Album’ – to avoid ‘connotations of colonialism.’ Recording Academy officials unveiled the Grammys’ category switch this morning. Explaining the pivot in a statement, the organization explained that it held “discussions with artists, ethnomusicologists, and […]

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Layoffs at the Grammy Awards — 13 Lose Their Jobs as Major Re-org Continues

The Recording Academy has laid off 13 staff members, including employees involved with the Grammy Awards and the Academy’s charitable wing, MusiCares. Billboard, which is facing significant layoffs of its own, recently reported on the Grammy Awards cutbacks. Nine individuals within the Recording Academy, including Vice President of Creative Services Dave Konjoyan, have been let go […]