Jan 17, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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The Grammys are scheduled for ten days from now which is why an announcement from the Academy behind the awards has taken the industry by surprise. The chief executive of the Recording Academy has been placed on administrative leave following “a formal allegation of misconduct”.

61-year old Deborah Dugan became chief executive this past August. Late yesterday the Academy announced the action in light of a “formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team.”

Dugan, who is a lawyer, was the academy’s first female chief executive and been the chief of “Red,” the nonprofit group co-founded by U2 lead singer Bono. It works to combat AIDS and other diseases in Africa.

The Academy board of directors has retained two independent investigators to look into the matter.

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