Deborah Dugan’s Push for Grammy Voting Reform Rattled Recording Academy’s ‘Boys Club’

Ousted CEO called out a nominations process that is “ripe with corruption” in her EEOC complaint filed Tuesday

Deborah Dugan’s explosive exit as CEO of the Recording Academy has devolved into counter-accusations about the “boys club” culture of the nonprofit organization behind the Grammy Awards. But according to at least two Grammy insiders, Dugan’s ouster was triggered by her attempts to reform a Grammy voting process she called “ripe with corruption” in the bombshell complaint she filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“She was pushing for changes. These guys who run the place think they sit on top of the world. They’re entrenched and arrogant and smug — especially smug. And they don’t like to be questioned,” one insider told TheWrap.

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Brian Welk

Brian Welk

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