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How the Grammys Descended into Behind-The-Scenes Chaos

Posted On: Jan 24, 2020   |   Posted By: Time

When Alicia Keys hosts the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, she will likely try to keep the mood as upbeat as she did last year. But a dark cloud hangs over the proceedings. The Recording Academy is currently locked in a vicious battle against its former president and CEO Deborah Dugan, who had led the organization for not quite half a year before being placed on administrative leave on Jan. 16. Since then, accusations of harassment, corruption and conflict of interest have whizzed back and forth, with the rancor seemingly only escalating by the day. On Jan. 21, Dugan filed a 44-page complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the Academy of retaliation and voting irregularities; in a public statement, the Academy accused Dugan of being “abusive and bullying.”
And while the dispute centers on one woman, its implications go far beyond her, shedding light on the Grammys' gender imbalance and the larger music industry's issues of inequality and reported backdoor dealing. In an...

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