LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Deborah Dugan, the ousted head of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said today that the organization is rife with corruption.
In remarks on ABC’s Good Morning America, Dugan, the first female head of the Recording Academy, alleges that corrupt practices go into finalizing nominations for the Grammys and unethical connections exist between artists selected and those on the board sitting on nominating committees.
The 62nd annual Grammys take place Sunday in at Staples Center.
Dugan alleges that the Recording Academy board manipulates the process to ensure that songs or albums are nominated if the producer of the Grammys wants a specific performance during the award ceremony.
“I’m saying that the system should be transparent and that there are… incidents of conflict of interest that taints the results,” Dugan said.
Dugan was placed on leave last week after being accused of misconduct.
On Tuesday, she filed a sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.