Deborah Dugan, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, which sorts out the Grammy Award, has been suspended after an allegation of wrongdoing – only 10 days before the current year’s ceremony.
In an announcement on Thursday, the Recording Academy said Dugan had been set on managerial leave considering concerns raised to the leading group of trustees, “counting a conventional claim of wrongdoing by a senior female individual from the Recording Academy group”.
Before Dugan, music official Christine Farnon held the top position at the institute for quite a long time, however she never had the title of president and CEO. She held different position at the Grammy’s all through her residency, resigning in 1992 as official VP. Michael Greene turned into the primary authority president and CEO of the academy in 1988, driving the association until 2002 when Portnow came in position.
The announcement said two investigators had been appointed to explore the allegations, to reestablish the certainty of the enrollment, fix “employee morale”, and permit the academy “to concentrate on its strategic serving all music makers”. It said trustees were “focused on cultivating a protected, various and comprehensive working environment, music industry and society”. Harvey Mason Jr, director of the leading body of trustees, will act as interim president and CEO.
Dugan has just been in the post since August 2019, when she supplanted Neil Portnow, who had headed the foundation since 2002. Portnow left after he was vigorously scrutinized for remarks made after the 2018 award, in which just a single lady, Alessia Cara, won over the four main prizes in addition to the pop, rap, R&B and nation classes.
He said change “has to begin with … women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level … [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.” He later said that his words, “when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make”.
The current year’s Grammy grants happen on 26 January. Top of the assignments heap is Lizzo, with eight; Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are going after six each. Lizzo and Eilish will perform at the service, alongside craftsmen including Ariana Grande, Tyler the Creator, Bonnie Raitt and Aerosmith.