The Grammy Awards, which bill themselves as music’s highest honor, will air later this year. Nominees were announced late last year, but some of the performers up for best children’s album are unhappy all the contenders in the category are white.
“After this year, to have an all-white slate of nominees seemed really tone-deaf,” said Alastair Moock, who added that the playing field for the Grammy’s isn’t even.
According to NPR, Moock, along with Dog on Fleas and the Okee Dokee Brothers, decided to decline the nomination as a sign of protest:
The Okee Dokee Brothers, Moock and Dog on Fleas — all “white guys with guitars” — sent a letter to the Recording Academy asking that their names be removed from the final Grammy ballots. They wrote they “couldn’t in good conscience benefit from a process that has historically overlooked women and artists of color.”
The other Okee Dokee Brother, Justin Lansing, said they felt a special responsibility to ask for change in a genre “tasked with modeling fairness and kindness to kids and families.”
The artist met with Grammy President CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., as well as chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Valeisha Butterfield Jones to talk about their issues with the nomination process.
“We have made a very clear and firm commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as a part of our core values,” Butterfield Jones told NPR. “I think many of the actions that we’ve taken and have put into place are signs of that. But we still have a lot of work left to do.”
The Grammys will air on CBS on March 14, 2021.