The nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards were announced yesterday, and as is usually the case, the list has stirred up controversy yet again. Most notable is probably the inclusion of Marilyn Manson as a nominee.

Manson has been nominated in the Album of the Year category for his work on the song “Jail, Pt. 2” from Kanye West‘s album, Donda. Manson has recently been accused of sexual and psychological abuse by over a dozen different women. Understandably, his nomination has caused a lot of people to be upset.

However, Grammys CEO Harvey Mason Jr has spoken out in defense of the decision to include Manson as a nominee, stating that the only thing the Recording Academy considers is whether a record is eligible based on date of recording.

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.

As per these rules of eligibility, Manson is technically eligible for nomination, despite not being the primary artist on the album in question. Mason Jr also added that they’re “not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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