Recording Academy puts chief executive on leave days ahead of Grammys

Brenda Watkins
January 20, 2020

Deborah Dugan, who took the helm as president and CEO of The Recording Academy on August 1, 2019, has been placed on immediate administrative leave, in light of concerns raised by the Board of The Recording Academy, according to a report from Billboard.

But a source shut to Dugan tells us that is iffy, and so that they suspect that she got the boot after sending a memo to the academy's HR division three weeks ago, wherein she said that "one thing became as soon as severely amiss at the Academy". "An executive who's worked closely together with the Academy - a 501 (c)(6) tax exempt non-profit firm officially referred to as the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences - for several years known as the arrangement" unconscionable". "When our capacity to talk isn't controlled with a 28-page arrangement and legal dangers, we'll expose what occurs when you'measure up' in the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit".

Dugan's hire came after Neil Portnow chose not to seek an extension on his contract.

"The board determined this movement to be essential to be ready to restore the conceitedness of the Recording Academy's membership, restore Recording Academy employee morale, and allow the Recording Academy to give consideration to its mission of serving all music creators", the assertion continued.

An allegation of misconduct leveled against Deborah Dugan the Chief Executive of the Recording Academy, which organises the Grammy Awards, has caused her sack.

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When asked he wanted to achieve that aim by the end of his current two-year contract, Jones replied: "I want to do it next weekend".

Mason reportedly forwarded an email to the Academy on Thursday, noting the "the Grammy Awards and all related activities will go forward as planned". Portnow had led the Grammys since 2002 and was criticized for saying women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of female winners at the 2018 Grammys during a backstage interview.

Dugan, who has headed the organization for less than six months, has been put on administrative leave effective immediately while Recording Academy Board Chair Harvey Mason Jr. takes over her role temporarily.

Her appointment, announced in May, was considered a concrete step toward addressing longstanding issues of gender bias in the music industry in general, and in particular at the Recording Academy. She held a lot of positions on the Grammys all by means of her tenure, retiring in 1992 as authorities vp.

Alicia Keys will return as host for this year's Grammys, which will also feature performances from Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Demi Lovato, Lizzo and more.

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