The Recording Academy decided to increase the number of Grammy nominees just 24 hours before the list was announced Tuesday – for the benefit of artists including Kanye West, Taylor Swift, ABBA and Lil Nas X, according to a New York Times report.
The move, which increased the list of nominees in four main general categories from eight to 10, was marketed as a natural progression from CEO Harvey Mason Jr. when asked about it on Monday in Variety magazine.
“We saw this as an incredible opportunity for us to honor more artists and shed light on even more beautiful music, and potentially offer great opportunities for more music genres to be honored,” he said, according to Varnews.com.
In terms of the sharpness of this move, “this is something we talked about for a long time, but ultimately it happened relatively recently,” he said. “We looked at the vote and the number of entries (for the 2022 Grammy) and saw this as a great opportunity.”
Tentative lists of nominees, which are traditionally broadcast by the media 24 hours before the announcement, arrived on Monday much later than usual.
Sources for Variety say that the delay was caused by the expansion of the top lists.
“Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” by Lil Nas X and “I Still Have Faith in You” by ABBA were added to the record of the year; Swift’s Evermore and West’s Donda were additional candidates for Album of the Year; “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat and “Right on Time” by Brandy Carlisle were named song of the year at the last minute, and Baby Keem and Arooj Aftab were added to the list of the best new artists, according to the report.
The Times was able to figure out which artists benefited from the eight to ten move by comparing the final roster to the roster created prior to Monday’s decision – a version that “began to circulate outside the Recording Academy before nominations were announced on Tuesday. “The Times said it received a copy of the earlier list.
Mason told the publication that the artists added to the list were just 9th and 10th in terms of votes from the Academy members and were determined by Deloitte, its partner in the collection and tabulation of votes. As for whether the ratings of the multi-million dollar Grammy show were factored into the Swift-West addition, he replied, “A thousand percent not. It was not a consideration. “
Academy Co-President Valeisha Butterfield Jones added: “While it may seem rushed, it was actually a deliberate, well-meaning process that was also data driven.”
Other questions about the final nominations were raised this week by recording artist Linda Chorny, who said she was awakened this week by Google news warnings revealing that she was nominated for Best American Roots Performance for her song ‘Bored’.
Rolling Stone was among the publications that included Choni’s song in the list of nominees, screenshots and cached search results show. However, when the official list was circulated, Chorny’s song was not among the nominees, and Rhiannon Giddens’s song took the place that apparently belonged to her.
Chorny says she wrote to some of the reporters who published an article about her nomination and heard apologetically from one of them that the information had been cut and pasted from the wrong source, but she received no response that it was the source. was.
With no explanation as to why the erroneous news reports could have given her the nod, Chorny believes that she truly deserves the appointment – and that it has somehow been terminated. Chorny won a Grammy Award for Changing the Voting Process in the years since she was recognized in America’s Best Albums category in 2012, which she believes was done to prevent artists like her from being able to get into it again. Variety also reached out to representatives of Acedemy regarding Chorny’s questions.
News from The Times of details of the last-minute expansion in major nominations sets an awkward tone for the next Grammy, an institution that has been marred by an ongoing series of controversial controversies over the past five years.