Grammys’ New Leadership Team Vows to ‘Be Better’ Amid The Weeknd’s Boycott and Diversity Challenges

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The Recording Academy has had a busy year and a half. Between pushing for more diversity in its membership and at the Grammys, overhauling its controversial anonymous nominating committees, helping a music industry that had come to a standstill and searching for a new CEO after a messy departure in 2020, the Recording Academy finally installed a new leadership team that suggests the organization is prepared to turn over a new leaf. On Tuesday, the Recording Academy appointed Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as its co-presidents, with Harvey Mason Jr. moving from president and CEO to simply CEO. And the leadership team in its announcement emphasized a priority on diversity, growing the Academy’s footprint and embracing the needs and desires of its evolving membership. “The makeup of this group shows we are absolutely forward thinking. We are a new Academy, as we’ve been saying. We are positioned to be able to adapt and move at the speed at which the industry is moving,” Mason told TheWrap in an interview on Tuesday. “We have to look at what we’re doing, we have to be better, we have to be more relevant, we have to be more reflective.” The group...

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