Former Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan unloaded a string of explosive claims against the Recording Academy after she was put on administrative leave just 10 days before the annual awards show.
“Conflicts of interest and self dealing are rampant” [at the Recording Academy] according to ousted CEO Deborah Dugan.
Dugan filed an incendiary complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the institution that presides over the Grammys and wields arguably more power over the whole of the music industry than any other entity on the planet.
Some of the more shocking claims lodged by Dugan in the complaint:
• The Grammy voting process is allegedly “ripe with corruption” and allows nomination committee members to “push forward artists with whom they have relationships.” The complaint states, “It is not unusual for artists who have relationships with Board members and who ranked at the bottom of the initial 20-artist list to end up receiving nominations.”
• The Recording Academy also allegedly “manipulates the nominations process to ensure that certain songs or albums are nominated when the producer of the Grammys [Ken Ehrlich] wants a particular song performed during the show.”
Appearing on Good Morning America today Dugan went into detail about her allegation of sexual harassment by the Academy’s general counsel Joel Katz — who has denied the claim — as well as “evidence” she has that the system of nominating musicians for Grammy Awards is rigged.
“I’m saying that the system should be transparent and that there are incidents of conflicts of interest that taint the results,” she said. “I couldn’t say more positive things about all of the nominations and everybody that performs. I hate that I’m in this situation because I’d much rather be here talking about the artists and the music, but I can’t help but have to say there are conflicts of interest that go on.”
I took to Twitter this morning to elaborate on some of the charges Dugan is making. The reactions that poured in were interesting, many noting that the idea that the Grammy’s are rigged isn’t a shock. And while I agree, I do think it’s important to contemplate the gulf of difference between “things we suspected all along” and this information from a first-hand source at the highest level actually reaching the public.
Right now, truth is coming out in fits and gasps, enormous powerful truth. The control systems that have been entrenched for as long as any of us have been alive are being rocked to their foundations. These systems are very powerful, and coming out against them is a difficult and dangerous thing to do. We must guard against a jaded mentality and be always at the ready to receive these fits and gasps of truth – which I predict will eventually becomes floods – because truth can transform the world.
What Deborah describes as a ‘boys’ club’ is a closed power system, not unlike Hollywood under the ominous reign of Harvey Weinstein, where power players jockey their way around a corrupt system advancing their own personal/professional agendas for their own benefit without regard for what’s right, fair or true, often using sexual abuse and exploitation to achieve their ends. While these stories are difficult to hear, and absolutely torch the credibility of and lay waste to the institutions that have built the only world we know, one can’t help but wonder what lies on the other side. What does a post-Weinstein world look like? What lies beyond a world of Grammys going to artificially elevated artists and Oscars being given to Weinstein movies because he held the entire town hostage?
One thing is for sure, we are well on our way to finding out.
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