Officials at the Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees confirm that Dugan has been terminated from her role after weighing all of the evidence from two independent investigations.
- Mar 3, 2020
AceShowbiz – Grammy bosses have officially fired Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan, who has been on administrative leave since January.
Her potential departure overshadowed the 2020 Grammy Awards, and now officials at the Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees have confirmed she’s no longer part of the organisation in a letter to members.
The statement explains the trustees voted to terminate her employment after two “exhaustive” and “independent” investigations into allegations made against Dugan and by her.
She was accused of misconduct, while alleging sexual harassment and “egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by Board members, and voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards,” calling the Recording Academy a “boys’ club.” All the claims were denied by both parties.
In the trustees’ letter to members, Recording Academy chairman and interim CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. writes, “After weighing all of the evidence from two independent investigations, the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy voted to terminate Ms. Dugan from her role as President/CEO.”
He confirmed there is a search underway for Dugan’s successor, adding, “We will look carefully to see where the last one led us astray and make any necessary changes going forward.”
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