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Before The Fame, Did SZA Almost Become A Marine Biologist?

She may be a Billboard chart-topping artist today, but prior to her career as a singer, SZA may have been on her way to becoming a marine biologist.

Feb 6, 2023

Quincy Jones-Backed Web3 Company OneOf Partners With The Recording Academy For NFT Collection

To celebrate the Grammy Awards, Quincy Jones-backed green Web3 company OneOf has kicked off a partnership with The Recording Academy to launch non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for music heads across the globe. The collection will commemorate the 64th, 65th, and 66th Annual Grammy Awards. Holders can look forward to the works from three diverse artists such as Emonee LaRussa, ThankYouX, and Andre Oshea, honoring OneOf’s mission to support women and people of color in the Web3 space, according to a press release . Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Recording Academy’s scholarship fund. “We are thrilled for this partnership with OneOf and to be dropping these exclusive NFT collections leading up to the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards,” said Adam Roth, SVP, Partnerships & Business Development of the Recording Academy. “To be on the forefront of technology while simultaneously serving the music community with a new and innovative platform is only the...

Apr 1, 2022

Valeisha Butterfield Jones Joins the Recording Academy as First-Ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Valeisha Butterfield Jones will be the first-ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Butterfield Jones joins the executive team following her position as global head of inclusion at Google. According to , the award-winning business and tech leader will guide the team responsible for advancing the Academy’s diversity and inclusion initiatives through the organization. The new appointment comes on the heels of the controversial ousting of CEO Deborah Dugan, who was accused of misconduct from a female colleague. “We are thrilled to welcome Valeisha Butterfield Jones into the Recording Academy family,” Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. said. “Valeisha has been a force in driving systemic change and enhancing equal opportunities for underrepresented groups across entertainment, technology and politics. I’m excited to work with her to continue evolving the Recording Academy as an organization that...

Apr 30, 2020

Recording Academy Creates Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives After Diddy Speaks Up At Pre-Grammy Gala

During the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala , Sean “Diddy” Combs voiced his frustration toward the mistreatment of Black artists and the exclusion of diversity inflicted by the Recording Academy. According to Black Enterprise Combs’ stated: “Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys—to the point that it should be,” Diddy continued. “For years, we have allowed institutions that have never had our best interests at heart to judge us. And that stops right now. I’m officially starting the clock. You’ve got 365 days to get this s–t together.” Following Combs’ statement, the Recording Academy announced the development of a diversity initiative in collaboration with its Diversity Task Force. CNN reports Harvey Mason Jr., Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Recording Academy, addressed the situation with a message to its members: “Six months ago, when I put my hat in the ring to be your Chair, I did so...

Jan 31, 2020

Google Kicks Off Black History Month With Grammy Ad and $3M Grant to NAACP

Tech giant, Google, commenced Black History Month with the airing of a commercial ad during this year’s Grammy Awards show, which has sparked conversation across social media outlets. Along with the debut of the ad, Google announced a $3 million grant to fund the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program which centers around providing Black youth an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of mentors and judges for a chance to secure scholarship funding for their project. “NAACP ACT-SO is a program that prepares, recognizes and rewards students’ scholastic and artistic excellence. is proud to support @NAACP as they extend ACT-SO to even more future history makers,“ Google tweeted. NAACP ACT-SO is a program that prepares, recognizes and rewards students’ scholastic and artistic excellence. is proud to support @NAACP as they extend ACT-SO to even more future history makers. Learn more →...

Jan 28, 2020