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Grammys CEO shares criteria used to select winners in throwback video, amid backlash from Nigerians

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An old video with American record producer and Recording Academy head Harvey Mason Jr. outlining the standards by which the Academy selects award winners in Grammys has surfaced online again following the negative perception that Nigerians are being ignored.

Even after getting three nominations, Davido lost at the 66th Grammy Awards, and his fans are still talking about it a lot.

In a well-known video, a few of Davido’s 30BG fans expressed their ire by reporting the Recording Academy’s social media account.

Amidst the outcry on the internet, the CEO of the Grammy Awards admitted in a video that was accidentally uncovered that sales and chart-topping accomplishments are not prerequisites for winning the coveted music honor.

Harvey emphasized that not even selling millions of CDs and having a huge global following are guarantees of taking home the prized trophy.

He asserts that residency in the United States of America and membership in the GRAMMY Academy are requirements for being eligible for an award.

He emphasized that after nominations are received, fellow musicians who are members of the Recording Academy cast their votes for their peers.

His words:

“First you have to understand, that the only way to win a Grammy is to have the Membership of the Academy vote for you,”

“In order to be a member of the Academy you have to be a music professional working in the United States, for now. For now, it’s only in the United States of America, hopefully, we grow then. Right now, if you are a working professional in the USA you can become a member of the Recording Academy

“Once you are a member of the Academy, all the music is submitted the members listen to it and they evaluate it based on the quality of the art not the sales, not the streams not on the followers or how many fans… it is purely on the art.

“It’s purely on the opinion and as you all know it is very hard because it is subjective. There is no best song, best record it is just the opinion of the Membership in that particular year. That is how you win a Grammy and that is it.

“The voters vote, there is no committee, there is no journalist, no labels just music professionals voting for their peers, period,”

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