Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Grammys president removed days before ceremony

Featured Posts


The chief executive was placed on administrative leave following an “allegation of misconduct,” three weeks after sending a memo about voting irregularities and financial mismanagement.

In the latest tumultuous twist for the Recording Academy, the embattled organization behind the Grammy Awards, the institution’s brand-new chief executive, Deborah Dugan, was removed from her position on Thursday, just 10 days before this year’s ceremony.

In a statement late Thursday, the academy said that Ms. Dugan, who joined the organization in August, had been placed on administrative leave “in light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy board of trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team.” The board, it said, had retained two independent investigators to look into the matter.

On Thursday, the academy declined to elaborate on the reasons for Ms. Dugan’s dismissal.

But according to a person with direct knowledge of the events, Ms. Dugan had been removed after a complaint was filed by the assistant to her predecessor, Neil Portnow, who had also worked temporarily for Ms. Dugan. The assistant accused Ms. Dugan of a bullying management style, the person said, which contributed to the assistant taking a leave of absence.

Ms. Dugan’s dismissal also came less than three weeks after she sent a memo to the academy’s head of human resources that detailed her concerns about the governance and practices of the organization, which she said led her to believe that “something was seriously amiss at the Academy.”

Her concerns detailed in the memo included voting irregularities, financial mismanagement, “exorbitant and unnecessary” legal bills, and conflicts of interest involving members of the academy’s board, executive committee and outside lawyers.

“What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told,” said Ms. Dugan’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman. “When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you ‘step up’ at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit.”

A representative of the academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday morning.



Florence Pugh, step on my neck please! I deserve it!
  • Shook 4


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm starting to trust the SCAMMYs less and less

Stream PANG by Caroline Polachek
  • LMAO 5


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lionel Hutz
10 minutes ago, SimplyTheBest said:

“allegation of misconduct,”

you would think that this phrase would pop up less and less after 2017, but apparently not :awkney:


Link to post
Share on other sites

If she were a man, would it be considered "bully management style"? No. The answer is no. :huntyga:


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  
  • Create New...