Grammys Drop Secret Nominations Committees After Backlash

The Grammys are making a major change.

The Recording Academy has voted to remove its controversial nominations review committees, reports The New York Times. These anonymous expert groups, which have been in place since 1989, review the initial nomination choices from voting members and ultimately decide who makes the cut in 61 of the Grammys’ 84 categories.

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In recent years, the “secret” committees have faced criticism from artists including The Weeknd, who famously blasted the Grammys after being shut out of the 2021 nominations despite the success of his latest album, After Hours.

“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he tweeted in November.

Later, the “Blinding Lights” singer told The New York Times that he planned to boycott the show until the committees were eliminated. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said.

On Friday, the Recording Academy’s board of trustees met and approved the change to cut the nominations review committees. “It’s been a year of unprecedented, transformational change for the Recording Academy, and I’m immensely proud to be able to continue our journey of growth with these latest updates to our awards process,” Harvey Mason Jr., the Academy’s interim president and CEO, said in a statement.

“This is a new Academy, one that is driven to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the music community. While change and progress are key drivers of our actions, one thing will always remain — the Grammy Award is the only peer-driven and peer-voted recognition in music,” he continued. “We are honored to work alongside the music community year-round to further refine and protect the integrity of the awards process.”

The committees are being eliminated for the four top prizes (Album, Song, Record, and Best New Artist) and all genre categories, but review panels will remain for 11 craft categories covering awards for production, packaging, album notes, and historical recordings.

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Kelly Rowland Says Beyoncé, Michelle Williams Watched Her Give Birth on Zoom

Kelly Rowland had a Destiny’s Child reunion while giving birth.

The “Black Magic” singer reveals that her “sisters” Beyoncé and Michelle Williams were watching on Zoom when she gave birth to her second son Noah in February.

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“We had our family join on Zoom,” Kelly told “PEOPLE (The TV Show!).” “They were able to see Noah come into the world. It was beautiful.”

Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson and Kelly’s mother-in-law were also on the video call. Rowland—who is also mom to 6-year-old Titan—went on to praise Beyoncé and Williams, calling them “awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome” aunts.

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After Kelly left the hospital, her bandmates rushed to see Noah in person. “It was like another part of my heart just… Being able to share space with Michelle and Bey is truly a gift,” she previously told “Entertainment Tonight.”

“And I’m just so grateful for them and they are a highlight of my life. Not professionally, but our friendship and our sisterhood — you’re going to make me cry.”

In February, Kelly returned to music with her six-track EP K.

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Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival to Return in November

Astroworld is coming back this fall.

Travis Scott has announced that his music festival will return on Nov. 5 and 6 at NRG Park in Houston, Texas. After it was canceled last year because of the pandemic, the third annual fest will expand to two days this year with a new theme, “Open Your Eyes to a Whole New Universe.”

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Travis will once again serve as headliner and curate the 2021 lineup, which will be announced at a later date. Travis is also gearing up to release his highly-anticipated album Utopia later this year.

If past years are any indication, the lineup is sure to be another star-studded affair. Past performers have included Post Malone, Pharrell, DaBaby, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, Megan Thee Stallion, and more.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. CT at AstroworldFest.com. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the festival’s official charity partner, Cactus Jack Foundation.

Watch the trailer below.

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EP: Jay Worthy ‘ST. LGND ’94’

St. Ides!

Jay Worthy brings the ’90s back with both nostalgic music and malt liquor for his new set, ST. LGND ’94.

Inspired by St Ides malt liquor, Westside Worthy tries his hands over various St. Ides ads most famously done by Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, B.I.G., Nate Dogg and more. Listed at one track that runs for 16 minutes, Jay reps his coast (“Westside Love“), cracks a a few brews (“St. Ides Commercial“), and more.

Along with the release, Jay Worthy also released an apparel capsule collection inspired by the project which is available at The apparel collection is available now on StIdes94.com

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Travis Scott Announces 2021 AstroWorld Festival

Next stop: AstroWorld.

In celebration of his 29th birthday, Travis Scott has announced the return of his inaugural AstroWorld Festival. Last year, the annual event was canceled due to the pandemic.

With its new creative theme, “Open Your Eyes To A Whole New Universe”, the two-day event inspired by the famous defunct amusement park of the same name, will take place on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 at NRG Park in Houston, Texas.

“FOR THIS BDAY ALL I WANT IS RAGE”, he said on Instagram. “MAN WE BEEN LOCKED IN A HOUSE FOR SOMETIME NOW AND I BEEN BANGING MY HEAD AROUND TRYNNA TO GET BACK TO IT I BEEN WANTING TO SHARE AND EXPERINCE WITH ALL THE OTHER LIKE MINDED CHAOTIC RAGER LIKE ME FOR SOME TIME NOW”. He continued, “THAT BEING SAID IN NOVEMBER POP OUT AT THE FEST ASTROWORLD FEST 2021 2 DAYS THIS YEAR WITH AND OUT LANDISH LINE UP SEE U SOON !!!”.

In 2018, Travis kicked-off the yearly festival. Each of the two festivals sold out in advance ahead of revealing the line-up of musical guests which previously included Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Playboi Carti, and more.

Limited general and VIP ticket packages both go on sale on Wednesday, May 5 at 10 am CT at AstroWorldFest.com.

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