Who sucked into the Grammys to gain from its extensive extortion of their Big Award Categories?
As soon as the 2022 Grammy Awards nominees were announced, representatives from the Recording Academy, which oversees the awards, shifted to ten, even in the past, and thus, increased to the 10th, according to what the CEO said of the award-winning firm.
The New York Times listed the artists and recordings that had been added to the big categories at the last minute, based on the earlier preliminary nominees list that it had obtained (the Academy has not disputed the accuracy of that list).
At least the Grammys have been criticised for their insider dealing, including Deborah Dugan, Masons predecessor as CEO, who was unopposed for the 2020 award, and filed a lawsuit against the organization earlier this year.
The Academy says the votes are directly from the Academys voting membership, which is between 11,000 and 12,000 voters, and are tabulated by the top auditing firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
Not only was Swift and the Academy, because of the massive social-media power of her following, the prospect of being completely excluded from the 2022 Grammys was daunting for many reasons.
The other late-addition best album nominee, Kanye West, has a large 2022 resurgence, among other notables and is likewise affiliated with Universal Music Group, which is the largest music company in the world.
The added to My Name was a nice boost, but he has already received four nominations, including one for the album of the year. (ABBA is affiliated with Universal, Nas with Sony Music).
Doja Cat had seven nominations, including Album and Record of the Year, and recent Grammy darling Brandi Carlile already had four, such as Record Of the Month. (They are affiliated with Sony and Warner Music respectively).
The rapper, who remained the most famous of the country's music fans, has a second nod, Mohabbat, which was listed on the indie New Amsterdam Records earlier this year. Keem is affiliated with Sony Music.
Several publications that were apparently citing an early version of the nominees list were credited with a nomination in'Roots' category, but it was unclear at the time of this articles publication whether that was the same list the New York Times has cited or not. While those publications corrected their lists, Google never forgets.
The advance list of nominees, which traditionally serviced the media 24 hours before the announcement, arrived much later than usual on Monday. Sources say that the expansion of the top lists was the cause of delay.
When asked directly about the timing of the rule change, Mason told Variety on Monday that it was something that weve talked about for a long time but it ended up happening quite recently, he said. We looked at the voting and the amount of submissions for the 2022 Grammys and saw it as 'a great opportunity. He also flatly denied that ratings for that awards telecast were influenced by the decision.
In a statement on Thursday, he said that today is october when family and friends celebrated Thanksgiving, but in response to the sometimes erroneous reports we have seen in the media regarding the decision to expand our general field from eight to 10 nominees, it reads in part. As long as the government did it, their efforts were swiftly and decisivively, and they did that without knowing who the additional nominee would be.
I would like to recommend you to look at the new Recording Academy. Happy Thanksgiving to all this years nominees and music fans everywhere.
It remains to be seen whether or not his groan-hearted explanation is fully accurate or, if the truth is not clear, the naive remorse, or perhaps the fact that the big controversies have gotten outwardly since he took office in 2020 - at least wardlessly make it harder to take such a statement at face value.
Chris Willman has additional reporting.