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Female President of Recording Academy Claims Grammys Rigged

Refinery 29 has a great article covering the current 2020 Grammy controversies. President and CEO of the Recording Academy Deborah Dugan was recently placed on administrative leave, less than two weeks before the Grammy Awards ceremony and just five months after becoming the first woman to lead the academy. 

She filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging gender discrimination, unequal pay and unlawful retaliation. She also alleges conflicts of interest on behalf of Grammy board members essentially rigging the votes in favor of the artists they represent.

Dugan replaced former President and CEO Neil Portnow, who left in the wake of comments he made about female musicians and producers needing to “step up” if they want to be part of the music industry on an executive level. Dugan says she believes he resigned from his job after allegations of rape surfaced from a female artist who is a member of the academy. He denied the allegations, saying he was cleared after an investigation.

There’s so much more to this story, it’ll make your head spin. I’m definitely looking at the academy with strong side eye because this is second unflattering story regarding the Grammys this week. The LA Times published an article on how men still dominate in the music industry and how they are favored over women within the Recording Academy. Find that story here, and more on the allegations from Dugan here.