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Tina Tchen quoted in a Los Angeles Times article, “Can 2019 Grammy Award nominations avoid last year's #GrammysSoMale criticisms?”

Los Angeles Times

Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen was quoted on December 6, 2018 in a Los Angeles Times article, “Can 2019 Grammy Award nominations avoid last year's #GrammysSoMale criticisms?” which discussed the anticipated announcement of the 2019 Grammy Award nominations following last year’s low representation of women in the top award categories. “For the first time in Grammy history, the ceremony is rolling out under the watchful eye of a high-profile diversity and inclusion task force created by the Recording Academy. January’s 60th awards ceremony won praise for emphasizing hip-hop and R&B in many top fields — the pop-leaning R&B of Bruno Mars won the album of the year — but was almost immediately overshadowed by a #GrammysSoMale backlash. Can a task force that’s only been in existence since May course-correct a longstanding Grammy conservative streak?”

Tchen, leader of the task force, noted, “What we wanted was to make sure there was going to be more diversity in the process, not a set of quotas in the winners. We want good decisions to be made. The area we thought was most important to influence was the composition of the committees. I do believe in the research, and all the research shows that diverse teams make better decisions. The results are better when you have a diversity of viewpoints, and different experiences in the room where decisions are made.”

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