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DEBORAH, WE HARDLY
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The sudden, shocking exit of newly installed Recording Academy chief Deborah Dugan on 1/16, just 10 days before the show, raises myriad questions. Harvey Mason Jr., announcing that he’d been named Interim President/CEO, told Academy members, “The Board of Trustees felt this action to be necessary in light of serious concerns that recently came to their attention,” but declined to elaborate, citing “employee privacy” pending an investigation. Apart from the obvious and as-yet-unanswered question of what exactly prompted Dugan’s ouster, why didn’t the Academy wait until after Music’s Biggest Night, to protect the show? How will the artists who are booked to perform react to this?

Variety cited insiders who described Dugan’s removal as “a ‘coup’: a move by entrenched Academy veterans to discredit and remove Dugan, who came in promising significant changes to the organization, before she could establish herself with a successful first show.” The New York Times described a memo from her outlining “voting irregularities, financial mismanagement, ‘exorbitant and unnecessary’ legal bills and conflicts of interest involving members of the academy’s board, executive committee and outside lawyers.” She was also said to be exploring ways to implement certain key recommendations from Tina Tchen’s report. Dugan’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, told  the Times ,“What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told. When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you ‘step up’ at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit.”

ROCK HALL ADDS
FIVE TO BOARD
OK, Boomers! (2/19a)
YOUR TOP 20 BRING CHANGES TO THE TOP
Bieber brings it. (2/20a)
THE WEEKND OPENS AFTER HOURS
Is 3/20 the new 4/20? (2/19a)
THE ROTATION
Take a wild guess. (2/20a)
CAPALDI WINS A PAIR AT THE BRIT AWARDS
...while Billie and Tyler add to their trophy shelves. (2/19a)
DON'T TALK TO THE PRESS
Also, don't leak the memo about not talking to the press to the press. Please.
GRAMMY VOTING
How the sausage is made.
BIEBER'S BIG BOW
Changes changes the conversation.
PRIMARIES
So hard to decide...
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