When the Admission Academy revealed the list of nominees for the 2022 Grammys, Marilyn Manson, and Louis CK was among those who were going for a price. CK was nominated for Best Comedy Album and Manson was included for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for his collaboration with Kanye West on the rapper’s album, Donda.
Both Manson and CK have been accused by several women of sexual misconduct, and Rolling stones recently released an investigative piece describes the horrific accusations of several women who say they have experienced rape and other forms of physical assault through their relationship with Manson.
The wrapping contacted The Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. to get a comment on these nominations and here was his response:
“We do not want to limit the people who can submit their material for consideration. We do not want to look back at people’s history, we do not want to look at their criminal record, we do not want to look at anything other than the legality of our rules, is this recording for this work justified on the basis of date and other criteria.If so, they may submit for consideration.
What we want to control are our scenes, our shows, our events, our red carpet. We will take a look at everyone who asks to be a part of it, asks to be present, and we will make our decisions at that time. But we do not intend to restrict people from submitting their work for our voters to decide. ”
It’s amazing that the Recording Academy would choose to avoid investigating the “history” and criminal record of artists who have allegedly committed horrific crimes – especially considering that Manson has even been dropped from his label Loma Vista Records in the light of the accusations.
In case Mason Jr. and everyone else needs a refresher when Evan Rachel Wood first spoke about her experience with Manson while testifying before the California Senate in support of the Phoenix Act, she offered some awful details about her alleged experience with the musician:
I took courage to go several times, but he incessantly called my house and threatened to take his own life. On one occasion I returned to try to neutralize the situation, he put me in a corner of our bedroom and asked me to kneel. Then he tied me around my hands and feet. When I was detained, he hit me and shocked sensitive parts of my body with a torture device called a violet wand. For him, it was a way for me to prove my loyalty. The pain was unbearable. It felt like I was leaving my body and part of me died that day.
The stories from the other women – incl Game of Thrones actor Esmé Bianco– also reflects Woods’ claims. These Grammy nominations send a clear message: There are no consequences for the actions of violent men in the music industry.