New York (AP) — Harvey Mason, Jr. can remove the interim from his title: he is currently the official president and chief executive officer of the Recording Academy.
The annual Grammy Award-winning academy announced Thursday. Mason, a successful Grammy-nominated producer in collaboration with Beyonce, Chris Brown and Toni Braxton, has been the academy’s interim leader since January 2020. Previously he was the president of the academy.
Mason is the Academy’s first black president and CEO. The announcement comes two weeks after the Academy voted to remove the anonymous nomination committee, the group that nominated major award candidates for the coveted music show.
Mason has taken over Deborah Dugan, the former CEO of Bono’s (RED) charity. Deborah Dugan became the first woman appointed to lead the organization in 2019. However, she was fired 169 days after she got a job, a few days before the 2020 Grammy Awards. Dugan has since stated that the award show has been tampered with and confused by conflicts of interest.
Prior to Dugan’s appointment, Neil Portnow has been leading the Grammy Awards since 2002. Michael Green became the Academy’s first official president and chief executive officer in 1988.
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