She came out and spoken for the first time; coming out and telling the world some of the shocking news ever. Deborah said she had evidence of “serious irregularities in the voting”. She was suspended last week.
Speaking to ABC News, she said: “I was trying at each
step to take a deep breath and say, ‘OK, I can make a difference, I can fix this,
I can work with this team.”
The Grammy said that they have launched two independent
investigations into the complaints that were made by Dugan as well as those that
were made against her.
ABC also reported that Deborah also delineated an incident
where an unidentified artist and their representative sat on the nominating
committee for the song of the year category in 2019.
As a result, she claimed, that artist ended up on the
shortlist ahead of acts like Eminem and Beyoncé.
Dugan did not want to name the musician who had been
promoted to the shortlist to protect their “privacy” and
“integrity”, but argued that artists “deserve better” than
the current system.
This sparked a lot tension on the socials about how the industry is not fair to other artists who are trying their best to make it to the scene without having any sort of connections.
UPDATE: Grammys Deny Claims of Nomination Voting Corruption
Bill Freimuth, The Recording Academy’s Chief Awards Officer, says that Deborah Dugan’s claims of a biased nomination process are “categorically false, misleading and wrong.”