Taylor Swift Skipping GRAMMYs Amid Deborah Dugan Controversy
Just yesterday, CBS revealed a tentative seating chart for the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards that showed Taylor Swift in a prime second-row seat behind Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Now, the “ME!” singer has decided to skip music’s biggest night, according to an exclusive from Us Weekly.
Of course, many say that Taylor was snubbed for some of the night’s biggest awards after only snagging three nominations. Lover, her seventh studio album and the first since she broke off of Big Machine Label Group, got nods for Best Pop Vocal Album. “You Need To Calm Down,” her Queer-rights anthem, is up for Song of the Year and the title track “Lover,” has a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.
But obvious snubs for awards like Song of The Year and Album of the Year aren’t new news. Instead, the GRAMMY controversy stemming from ex-GRAMMY CEO Deborah Dugan‘s bombshell accusations in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint has been making waves in the music industry. In the complaint, Deborah says she was ousted from the Recording Academy for bringing up sexual abuse allegations at the org. She also says that the organization systematically protects sexual harassers, didn’t do enough to increase racial diversity in award winners, and is ripe for corruption based upon who the Recording Academy Board of Trustees has relationships with.
Indeed, Ariana Grande fans are upset that the “Bloodline” singer has been promoting her GRAMMY performance without mentioning the allegations — especially since she was apparently edged out of a 2019 nomination for Song of the Year due to the organization’s so-called ‘corruption.’
Taylor, who has been a staunch supporter for artists’ rights, women’s rights, and won a sexual assault trial against radio DJ David Mueller in 2017, wouldn’t look right in the crowd at an awards show embroiled in so much scandal surrounding the very things she speaks up about.
We’re looking forward to seeing who boycotts this year’s GRAMMY Awards. But even more, we’re excited to see what Taylor has to say about her absence.