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Claims Grammy nominations are rigged ‘categorically false and misleading’ – organisers


The organizers of the Grammy Awards on Thursday denied allegations that nominations for the highest prizes in the music industry are rigged, calling the claims “categorically false and misleading.”

Allegations that the Grammy nominations process is tainted by conflicts of interest were made in a complaint filed earlier this week by the former chief executive of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan, after she was placed on administrative leave.

Dugan repeated her claims in interviews on two-morning television shows on Thursday, just days before Sunday’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The Recording Academy has said the live televised show will go ahead as planned.

Bill Freimuth, the chief awards officer at the Recording Academy, denied Dugan’s claims.

“Spurious allegations claiming members or committees use our process to push forward nominations for artists they have relationships with are categorically false, misleading and wrong,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

Freimuth said it was the goal of the Recording Academy “to ensure the Grammy Awards process is led in a fair and ethical manner and that voting members make their choices based solely on the artistic excellence and technical merits of eligible recordings.”

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Dugan was placed on immediate administrative leave on Jan. 17, five months after taking the helm as the Recording Academy’s first female chief executive and president. The Academy said at the time that the move was in response to an allegation of misconduct made against her by a senior member of staff but did not give details.

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Dugan responded by filing a complaint on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging gender discrimination, unlawful retaliation and unequal pay.

In the complaint, she described what she called a “boys’ club mentality” at the Recording Academy. Dugan also claimed that some members involved in the Grammy nominations process “push forward artists with whom they have relationships” and that in some cases musicians being considered for a nomination sit on the committee voting in their category.

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Dugan took over as the Recording Academy chief from Neil Portnow, who in 2018 had provoked outrage by telling reporters that female artists and producers needed to “step up” if they wanted recognition in the music industry.

The Recording Academy in December said it would double the number of female voters by 2025 by adding 2,500 more women.

This year’s Grammy nominations were dominated by women, including newcomers Lizzo and Billie Eilish. They will both perform on the Grammy stage on Jan. 26 along with the likes of Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Gwen Stefani and rapper Lil Nas X.



Rita Edochie gives out daughter’s hand in marriage (Photos)



Veteran actress Rita Edochie has given out her daughter’s hand in marriage.

Rita Edochie in a post via Instagram has revealed that Amanda Maria Edochie, her second daughter exchanged the marital vows with her lover on 11th of July, 2020.


See her Instagram post below;

Sharing a collage of photos from the occasion, Rita wrote

“My GREAT people in the WORLD, i thank you so much for your prayers.

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Ruth Kadiri reacts to African men ridiculing Will Smith over his wife, Jada Pinkett’s affair



Nollywood actress, Ruth Kadiri has reacted to African men who have ridiculed Will Smith for the way he handled his wife, Jada Pinkett’s affair with, August Alsina.

Jada Pinkett Smith appeared on her own Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk to confirm relationship with August Alsina while she and Will Smith were going through a separation four and a half years ago.

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Joined by her husband at the table, Pinkett Smith said their marriage was “struggling” when she initially started a “friendship” with August Alsina over four years ago.

The revelation led to mixed reactions online, with quite a number of it being negative.

Speaking on those who ridiculed Will Smith for how he handled the situation, Ruth Kadiri said she has realized most of those who have a problem with Will forgiving Jada are African men.

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She also said that the women wish deep down that they had a man like Will who will forgive them, adding that forgiveness is a two-way street.

“Have you noticed that its mostly African men who ridiculed Will Smith for forgiving his wife’s situation. To the women who laugh at Will and her situation, you know you wish you had a man who got you like that, but you don’t and shit hurts,” she wrote.

“Forgiveness should be both ways. #respect, love, and forgiveness should be reciprocal. If you think otherwise go and lick Tomtom. (Nobodyshouldstressme),” she added.


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Tiwa Savage mourns Nicole Thea as she shares video of their last dance together



Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage has taken to social media to mourn the death of popular Ghanaian dancer and Youtuber, Nicole Thea.

Tiwa who was shocked at the early demise of the 24-year-old dancer released a picture and video of her beautiful dance moves which was shared across social media.

According to an official statement made by her boyfriend, Nicole died while she was carrying an 8-month-old pregnancy.

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Her death has become an absolute shock to the world as it sounds unbelievable to netizens.

Mourning the dancer, Tiwa shared a moment between her and Nicole dancing at one of her biggest events a while back.

Watch the video below:


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