Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan Placed on Administrative Leave
Published Jan 17, 2020Deborah Dugan, the chief executive of the Recording Academy, has been dismissed just 10 days before the Grammys are slated to take place.
She has been placed on administrative leave "in light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy board of trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team."
According to the New York Times, the allegations against Dugan included a complaint from her assistant about a "bullying management style."
Her dismissal also comes three weeks after Dugan sent a memo to human resources about internal organization, citing voting irregularities, financial mismanagement, exorbitant legal bills and conflicts of interest within the board and executive committee.
"What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told," Dugan's lawyer, Bryan Freedman, told the Times. "When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you 'step up' at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit."
Dugan replaced Neil Portnow in August, after he had been publicly pressured to step down for telling female artists they need to "step up" in order to earn acclaim at the Grammys.
The Grammys will (hopefully still) air on January 26.