NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Mason Jr., Can scrap the interim title from his title: he is now the official president and CEO of The Recording Academy.
The academy, which annually produces the Grammy Awards, announced this on Thursday. Mason, a successful Grammy-nominated producer who has worked with Beyoncé, Chris Brown and Toni Braxton, has been the academy’s interim leader since January 2020. He was previously chairman of the academy’s board.
Mason is the academy’s first black president and CEO. The announcement comes two weeks after the academy voted to remove its anonymous nomination review committees – groups that determined the contenders for major awards on the coveted music show.
Mason succeeded Deborah Dugan, the former CEO of Bono’s (RED) charity who became the first woman appointed to lead the organization in 2019. But she was fired 169 days after taking the job – days before the 2020 Grammys. Dugan has since said the awards ceremony was rigged and confused with conflicts of interest.
Prior to Dugan’s appointment, Neil Portnow has led the Grammys since 2002. Michael Greene became the academy’s first official president and CEO in 1988.