The Recording Academy’s CEO Harvey Mason Jr. defended the nominations of Marilyn Manson, although the singer is facing a pile of sexual assault lawsuits.
After the sexual abuse allegations made by Marilyn Manson’s former girlfriend and famous actress Evan Rachel Wood, several other women like Esmé Bianco and Ashley Smithline took a step forward. They revealed that Manson has physically, psychologically, and mentally abused them.
The singer received a huge backlash from the public and lost the financial support of many companies and organizations. His label Loma Vista Recordings announced cutting ties with the musician and the Creative Artist Agency announced they have dropped Manson. So, the singer’s net worth dropped significantly.
Recently, the full list of nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards was announced. As it seems, Manson was nominated twice for his vocal contributions to Kanye West’s ‘DONDA.’ Although the singer wasn’t the primary songwriter, he is considered a nominee due to the eligibility rules.
Following the eyebrow-raising announcements, the Recording Academy’s CEO Harvey Mason Jr. issued a response. He stated the Academy doesn’t take the artists’ personal history into account before determining their eligibility for the awards. He then said they don’t restrict anyone from submitting their musical material for nominations.
Further, Harvey Mason Jr. revealed their criteria for choosing the nominees. He stated that they only control their stages, shows, events, and red carpets. Apparently, Manson might not be invited to the ceremony considering the controversy and the public response.
Speaking to The Wrap, Harvey Mason Jr. said on Manson’s nomination that:
“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit it for consideration.
What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”
The horrific accusations Manson has been struggling with include grooming, rape, physical torture, and death threats. However, he continuously denies the allegations and claims the accusers are focused on damaging his musical career.