Harvey Mason jr. turns into official CEO of Recording Academy


NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Mason jr., can drop the interim from his title: He is now the official president and CEO of The Recording Academy.

The academy, which produces the Grammy Awards yearly, made the announcement Thursday. Mason, a profitable Grammy-nominated producer who has labored with Beyoncé, Chris Brown and Toni Braxton, has been the interim chief on the academy since January 2020. He was beforehand chair of the academy’s board.

Mason is the primary Black president and CEO of the academy. The announcement comes two weeks after the academy voted to take away its nameless nomination evaluation committees — teams that decided the contenders for key awards on the coveted music present.

Mason succeeded Deborah Dugan, the previous CEO of Bono’s (RED) charity group who in 2019 grew to become the primary girl appointed to steer the group. However she was fired 169 days after she took the job — days earlier than the 2020 Grammys. Dugan has since stated the awards present was rigged and muddled with conflicts of curiosity.

Earlier than Dugan’s appointment, Neil Portnow led the Grammys since 2002. Michael Greene grew to become the primary official president and CEO of the academy in 1988.

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