Grammys boss Deborah Dugan has been positioned on go away solely 10 days earlier than the distinguished ceremony, after going through an allegation of misconduct.

In a press release, the Recording Academy confirmed Dugan was positioned on go away “in gentle of considerations raised to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, together with a proper allegation of misconduct by a senior feminine member of the Recording Academy workforce.”

The story continues to develop, with the New York Times now reporting that Dugan despatched a memo simply three weeks earlier than her dismissal, detailing her considerations over critical points comparable to voting irregularities, monetary mismanagement, “exorbitant and pointless” authorized payments, and conflicts of curiosity from voters.


Deborah Dugan
Deborah Dugan CREDIT: Getty

“What has been reported isn’t practically the story that must be advised,” Dugan’s lawyer Bryan Freedman advised the Occasions. “When our capacity to talk isn’t restrained by a 28-page contract and authorized threats, we’ll expose what occurs once you ‘step up’ on the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit.”

It comes lower than a 12 months since she took over as the primary feminine president of the Recording Academy – which oversees the Grammy Awards – in August 2019.

“The Board has additionally retained two unbiased third-party investigators to conduct unbiased investigations of the allegations. The Board decided this motion to be obligatory in an effort to restore the arrogance of the Recording Academy’s membership, restore Recording Academy worker morale, and permit the Recording Academy to deal with its mission of serving all music creators,” a statement given to The Los Angeles Times confirmed.

“Board Chair Harvey Mason Jr. will function interim president and CEO pending the conclusion of the investigation. The Recording Academy Board of Trustees is dedicated to fostering a secure, various, and inclusive office, music business and society.”

Dugan had changed long-standing Recording Academy Chief Government Neil Portnow, who confronted main backlash in 2018 when he suggested that female artists should “step up” in the event that they wished to attain entry.


Whereas the total particulars of the misconduct allegation are but to emerge, a supply advised The LA Occasions that Dugan “didn’t slot in, from the get-go.”

Earlier than changing into president of the Recording Academy, Dugan had been the chief government at (Purple), the AIDS nonprofit based in 2006 by U2 singer Bono.

The Grammys will take place on January 27, with nominations led by the likes of Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande. Confirmed performers include the likes of Lizzo and Demi Lovato.