Chorny was in the original ballot for Best Song of American Roots to her song “Bored”. The version of the list, which was circulated outside the Recording Academy a few days before the nominations were announced on November 23, also had only eight spots for the top four categories; the day before the announcement, the Grammy board approved an increase to 10, adding artists including West and Taylor Swift. When the final list of nominations was released, Chorny was replaced by another artist, although some news outlets on the Internet still listed her name.
This week the Grammy added Chorny again. It was removed, the academy said, because accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a longtime partner of the award in collecting and tabulating votes, had “audited” the votes it received. and the academy decided to remove her name from the newsletter.
“This review has been completed and Ms. Chorny’s record has been added again,” the academy said in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience this delay may have caused, but ensuring the integrity of our voting process is of the utmost importance.” He did not explain how the early nominations list, which featured Chorny’s name, was released.
Why was the audit carried out? In an interview on Wednesday, Chorny said that Harvey Mason Jr., the academy’s executive director, told her in a phone call this week that she was “tagged” because of her previous public comments about the Grammy. In 2011, her “Emotional Jukebox” was unexpectedly nominated for Best Americana Album. At the time, she was criticized for “playing the system” – she admitted using the Grammy website to promote herself, which was a common and legal tactic at the time – and said she even received death threats … She helped make a film about this experience called When I Sing.
Days after this year’s nominations were announced, the Grammys came under scrutiny for nominating figures such as Manson and Louis C.K., a comedian who confessed to sexual harassment in 2017. In a recent interview with The Wrap, Mason said that eligibility for the Grammy Awards is based only on the recordings submitted for the award, and not on the past behavior of any artist. “We will not look back at the history of people,” he said.