The Recording Academy and their former president have privately settled legal feud which sparked following her dismissal last year due to alleged misconduct.
AceShowbiz -The Recording Academy and former president and CEO Deborah Dugan have reached a settlement following her dismissal last year (20).
After an arbitration hearing, a short statement from both parties was issued on Thursday (24Jun21), which read, “The Recording Academy and Deborah Dugan have agreed to resolve their differences and to keep the terms of their agreement private,” reported Deadline.
Dugan was placed on administrative leave in January 2020 after she was accused of misconduct while alleging sexual harassment and “egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by Board members, and voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards,” calling the Recording Academy a “boys’ club”. All the claims were denied by both parties.
She was officially fired that March, but then filed a lawsuit against the Recording Academy, prompting a war of words between her and the Academy.
Meanwhile, Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos Panay are the newly appointed co-presidents of the Recording Academy, under president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. They begin work in August.
Following numerous criticisms including from The Weeknd over his snub, the organization decided to scrap their nomination review committees for the upcoming event.
While the “Blinding Lights” hitmaker commended the Academy over the changes, he stood by his decision not to submit his music for the awards.
“Even though I won’t be submitting my music, the Grammys’ recent admission of corruption will hopefully be a positive move for the future of this plagued award (show) and give the artist community the respect it deserves with a transparent voting process,” he stated.
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