Former Recording Academy Chief Speaks Up
Deborah Dugan was removed from her position as the first female Recording Academy Chief on January, 2020 due to "misconduct." Later on, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming she was asked to leave for speaking up against the corrupt voting process, sexual harassment, and immorality within the Recording Academy organization.
Fans Are Furious!
Ariana Grande was nominated for five categories in 2020: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. She was also one of the performers for the night. However, fans were shocked to find out Ariana went home with 0 Grammy Awards. Ariana's "Thank U, Next" became the first album to break 2 million on demand streams in the United States, among other records such as her song "Thank U, Next," which was #1 on Billboard Top 100 for 7 weeks.
#SCAMMYS: New Trend on Twitter
BTS, famous K-pop band, was nominated this year for Pop Duo/Group Performance. Their fans got mad and expressed their disappointment on twitter when the award was given to "Rain on Me" by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. They accused the Recording Academy for "using them" as entertainment without giving them the award, which is where the hashtag "scammys" came from. "Dynamite," the song that received a nomination, set a Guinness World Record for the "most simultaneous viewers for a music video on YouTube Premieres."
Celebrities Don't Hold Back Either
"The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..."
The Weeknd received 0 nominations this year, something no one ever expected. His song "Blinding Lights" being on the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 list for a whole year is just one of the many records he's broken. As a way of boycotting, the Weeknd announced his decision on The New York Times: "Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys." He hopes this will inspire other artists of color to speak up against the racial injustices of the Annual Grammy Awards.
"My tweet was not personal or about eligibility but was about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process and the space that creates and allows favoritism, racism, and networking politics to influence the voting process"
Zayn didn't receive any nominations when he was still a member of the band One Direction, and has yet to receive one as a solo singer.
"Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver."
Nicki Minaj has been nominated 10 times since 2010, and performed her song "Roman Holiday" in 2012 at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. She received a lot of criticism for mocking the Catholic Church during her performance, the Recording Academy was not happy about this, and the rapper still hasn't won a Grammy.
The Annual Grammy Awards' views keep decreasing each year: 19.9 million viewers in 2019, 18.7 million viewers in 2020, and 8.8 million viewers in 2021. Will the Recording Academy survive with these low ratings? Let's just wait and see what the future holds for the Annual Grammy Awards, or like its new name, "Scammys."