Grammy's Increasing Diversity

Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen

The Recording Academy, who put on the Grammys, invites 900 New Voting Members to Increase Diversity. In an email to NBC News, the academy said that invitees are all women and/or people of color and/or under 39 years old.

The academy’s task force on diversity and inclusion, formed by Tina Tchen who served as one of Michelle Obamas chiefs of staff, recommended the move to increase diversity within its membership.

Tchen told Billboard that “A key issue of having the Recording Academy reflect the broad industry and even more, the broader population, is to make sure we’re reaching out to people who are currently underrepresented in the current Academy membership.” This year, the composition of the Nominations Review Committees is 51 percent female and 48 percent people of color, up from last year, when they were 28 percent female and 37 percent people of color.

First reported by Billboard and Ebony.com