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46th Grammy Awards Nominations - Press Conference

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So, after sparking a lot of controversy over Adele’s Grammy win over Beyonce, the Grammys has said that it isn’t a race issue. Recording Academy President, Neil Portnow, told Pitchfork,

“We don’t, as musicians, in my humble opinion, listen to music based on gender or race or ethnicity. When you go to vote on a piece of music—at least the way that I approach it—is you almost put a blindfold on and you listen. It’s a matter of what you react to and what in your mind as a professional really rises to the highest level of excellence in any given year. And that is going to be very subjective. That’s what we ask our members to do, even in the ballots. We ask that they not pay attention to sales and marketing and popularity and charts. You have to listen to the music. So of the 14,000 voters, they listen, they make up their minds, and then they vote.”

And there you have it, folks!

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