The Grammy Awards will no longer use anonymous judging committees to determine its nominee, the Recording Academy announced Friday. The decision comes after the awardand calls for increased transparency from Canadian pop star The Weeknd, which was snatched at last year’s awards despite a record-breaking run at the top of the charts.
The academy also said it has changed the number of categories in which academy members can vote, adding two new awards to “reflect its ongoing commitment to evolving with the musical landscape and ensuring that the GRAMMY Awards® rules and guidelines are transparent and fair. ”
Previously, an audit committee of at least 20 people selected the eight best nominees from among the artists who had been selected to the top 20 in four of the biggest categories: Best Album of the Year, Song and Record and Best New Artist according to the Associated Press. The majority of the nominees for other awards were also chosen by audit committees of various sizes.
Now, all nominees will now be based solely on thousands of votes from the academy’s eligible members, the academy said.
“It’s been a year of unprecedented, transformative change for the Recording Academy, and I’m incredibly proud to be able to continue our growth journey with these latest updates to our Awards process,” said Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy’s interim president and CEO, said in a statement.
“We are honored to work with the music community year-round to further refine and protect the integrity of the Awards process,” he added.
The announcement follows criticism from The Weeknd, whose songs dominated the charts in 2020. Despite having a hit single spent 40 weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and an album chart in the first week, he received zero nominations for 63. annual Grammy Awards.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he tweeted in November. “You owe me, my fans and the transparency of the industry.”
The Weeknd, whose first name is Abel Tesfaye, later said in a statement to the New York Times that he would boycott the awards and no longer allow his label to broadcast his music to them. He has not commented publicly since the new lawsuit was announced Friday night.