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GRAMMY boss comments on Marilyn Manson's 2022 nominations for Kanye West collabs

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. says that "we won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration" when it comes to Marilyn Manson (and Louis CK)’s controversial 2022 nominations…

GRAMMY boss comments on Marilyn Manson's 2022 nominations for Kanye West collabs
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Kerrang! staff

CEO Harvey Mason Jr. has commented on Marilyn Manson's controversial inclusion in the 2022 GRAMMY Awards for his songwriting credits on Kanye West's DONDA album.

The shock rocker – who has multiple allegations of abuse against him, though has stated that his relationships "have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners" – is included in the nominations for Album Of The Year (DONDA) and Best Rap Song (Jail) as part of Kanye's releases.

Harvey tells TheWrap that nominees' past behaviour isn't looked into when considering if they should be included – all that's taken into account is what's within The Recording Academy's rules.

"We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration," he says. "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 for consideration."

But he added that they do control "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," Harvey continues. "But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”

See more on the rock, metal and alternative GRAMMY nominations here.

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