The song “Bored” by Chorney had been on an early edition of the ballot under the category of best American roots song. In the days leading up to the Grammy nominations announcement on Nov. 23, the Recording Academy’s board approved raising the number of spots for the top four categories from eight to ten, including performers such as Kanye West and Taylor Swift.
Despite the fact that Chorney had been substituted by another artist in the final nominations list, numerous news outlets online continued to mention her.
Chorney was re-inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this week. When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences discovered that Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu had audited her votes, it decided to remove her from the ballot, the Academy said.
Ms. Chorney’s tape has been added back in after an audit was completed, according to a statement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While we regret any inconvenience, maintaining the integrity of our voting process is more important than anything else. It gave no explanation as to how the preliminary nominations list, which included Chorney’s name, was made public.
The audit was performed for what purpose? On Wednesday, Chorney revealed that she had been “tagged” by the academy’s chief executive, Harvey Mason Jr., for her past public statements regarding the Grammys. She was unexpectedly nominated for best Americana album in 2011 for her album “Emotional Jukebox.”
As a result of this, she was accused of “gaming the system” and received death threats at the time. She was involved in the production of the film “When I Sing,” which documents the event.
For nominating Manson and Louis C.K., a comedian who acknowledged to sexual misconduct in 2017, the Grammys came under fire in the days following this year’s nominations announcements. Grammy eligibility is solely determined by the recordings submitted for consideration, according to Mason in a recent interview with The Wrap. According to him, “we won’t look back at the past of people.”