CEO Reveals How Grammy Awards Are Won

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Harvey Manson Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, has addressed the recent Grammy controversy, shedding light on the selection process.

Following the 2024 ceremony where six Nigerian artistes, including Burna Boy and Davido, lost, Manson clarified that winners are chosen by the academy’s music professional members based in the United States.

In a viral video, Manson emphasized that Grammys are won purely on the subjective opinions of Recording Academy members. Contrary to speculations, he stated that neither committees, labels, nor journalists influence the selection.

The CEO highlighted that sales, streams, and fan base size are not considered; rather, the focus is solely on the “quality of their art.”

Manson explained, “It is no best song or best record, it is just the opinion of that membership of that particular year. That is how you win a Grammy. The voters vote. There is no committee, no journalist, and there are no labels. It is the music professionals voting for their peers.”

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The revelation comes amidst reactions to South African singer Tyla winning the ‘Best African Music Performance’ over Nigerian contenders and Tems losing in her category.

Manson’s clarification seeks to demystify the Grammy selection process and dispel misinformation surrounding the prestigious awards.

Notably, this disclosure follows Jay Z’s criticism of the Grammy Awards for not recognizing Beyonce in the ‘Album of the Year’ category, and Angelique Kidjo’s call for the awards to embrace “diversity and gender equality” for its survival.

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