Grammy Board Chief Calls Allegations of Nomination-Rigging ‘Just Not Right’


Dugan was elevated to the position six months ago and now says she wants to expose the Academy as a "boys' club" that puts their "financial interest above the Academy's mission".

Stephanopoulos then moves to her claims of corruption at the Grammy voting procedure, especially the nominations, that can be determined by key committees of industry specialists and executives. In her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the former CEO said the nominations were manipulated by academy board members seeking to help themselves or their associates and by the Grammys' longtime TV producer, Ken Ehrlich.

Portnow has denied violating an "unidentified foreign record artist" in a statement Wednesday, saying he had been "exonerated" after an investigation. "But it is not even just that one room".

Dugan's complaint also alleged that Joel Katz, an influential music attorney and the academy's general counsel, tried to woo her romantically and attempted to kiss her against her wishes during a dinner a year ago.

In the lawsuit, Dugan also alleged unlawful gender discrimination, sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation and unequal pay by the Academy.

Dugan said that she gave the Academy notice that she would go public with her claims, and that's when the organization backed out of the almost-closed settlement and only gave her an hour to make a decision on the new offer before removing her.

"Moreover, in an outrageous conflict of interest, the Board has selected artists who are under consideration for a nomination to sit on the committee that is voting for the category for which that have been nominated".

Dugan suggested the conflict was behind two notable snubs in the category, of songs performed by Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, although there has been some question about whether Grande had submitted her indelible hit, "Thank U, Next", for the award.

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Executive Director and President of the Suspended Recording Academy Deborah Dugan He has claimed that he has evidence that the Grammy nominations have been corrupted.

In the explosive document he indicated, for example, that he was asked to hire his predecessor, Neil Portnow, as a consultant, despite the accusations against him of allegedly violating a foreign artist who remains under anonymity after a performance he gave at Carnegie Hall from NY.

"The Grammys really is on life support right now", Dugan's attorney Douglas Wigdor said on Good Morning America. In an email that was sent on December 22, 2019, to the Grammy's human resources department, Deborah Dugan alleges that Katz invited her alone to dinner in May 2019, and "acted extremely inappropriately", calling her "baby", and attempting to kiss her.

Dugan said that despite the seriousness of the complaints she had "wanted to make change from within".

Katz's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, said the allegations against his client were "false".

Grammy insiders say female artists are set to hit out at alleged sexism at the Grammys this Sunday, making for an uncomfortable event.

Dugan, according to the statement, was placed on administrative leave after offering to step down and demanding 22 million dollars from the Academy, which is a not-for-profit organization.

"Mr. Katz believed they had a productive and professional meeting in a restaurant where a number of members of the board of trustees of the academy, and others, were dining", Weitzman's statement read.

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