Aussie producer calls for changes to award system

A producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) says he is concerned the current system of award nominations for the Grammys may be “inadequate”.

“The system should be designed to ensure that it is fair to all the artists and that it does not favour a few in particular, but it seems to be failing quite miserably,” producer James Stewart told the ABC’s AM program.

“I think the reason for that is the awards system has got so skewed towards the producers, the producers have become so important.

I don’t think it’s fair.

And if we want to do something to fix that, the best thing that we can do is just do the best we can for the artists.

It’s got to be fair.”

The ABC understands there are more than 500 nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards, but Mr Stewart believes the industry is failing to reward the work of “the artists”.

In a statement, Mr Stewart said: “There’s been a lot of media attention around the Grammies and the Grammy nominations for many years now, but I have not heard a single good word about this award system from any of the nominated artists, let alone the industry itself.

What we need is a clear, impartial system of nominations for artists, a system that rewards artists and doesn’t favour certain artists.”

Mr Stewart said he hoped the ABC would “get in touch” with the Grammerians to “make sure they take this seriously”.

“I’m going to try and reach out to the Grammarians, because I don’t know how they would respond to a producer calling for an overhaul of the Grammauses system,” he said.

“The Grammys are the only award show in Australia that is not dependent on the producer and artist.”

I’ve worked with a lot more people who have had to deal with this issue.

“It’s one of the most difficult things in the music business.”

Mr Sinclair’s comments come as ABC head of entertainment Tony Jones said the Grammes Awards were “in the hands of the producers” and “the Grammys should be a safe space”.

He told AM the system should “give an avenue for people to express their creativity”.

“The biggest thing that needs to happen in the Gramming Awards is a fair system of awards,” he added.

The ABC has contacted the Gramme Awards for comment.

Topics:arts-and-entertainment,art-and,artistic-artists,announcements,industry,talent,grammy-awards,music,graphic-art,australiaFirst posted November 23, 2021 14:35:21Contact Sam GandyMore stories from New South Wales