Yesterday, the 2022 Grammy nominations were announced, and Marilyn Manson, who has been repeatedly accused of sexual assault and misconduct by several women (most notably Evan Rachel Wood), was nominated for his contributions to Kanye West’s album, Donda. No, you can’t get nominated for participating in shameless publicity stunts; Marilyn Manson provides vocals on the song “Jail pt 2.” Also nominated for a Grammy yesterday was Louis C.K., who you may remember as the man who admitted to jerking off in front of unwilling participants, was nominated for Best Comedy Album, for his latest album Sincerely Louis C.K. Naturally, those choices had some people questioning the Recording Academy, and the Recording Academy has come back to utter the age-old creep-excusing adage of “Judge the artist, not the art.”
Kanye West’s Donda was nominated for four Grammy awards, which included: Best Melodic Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album, and Album of the Year. If he wins either of the album awards, there’s a chance he could drag Marilyn Manson on stage with him, because getting negative attention is kind of Kanye’s thing. And he’d be well within his right to do so, but if Kanye chooses to perform at the Grammys, and let’s say he chooses the song “Jail pt 2,” and decides to bring Marilyn Manson on stage with him to bust out those signature middle-aged ghoul vocals of his, well…that might not happen. Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. spoke to The Wrap about this mess, and he says that the Grammys aren’t about digging through people’s personal lives before they consider them for a nomination.
“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. 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.”
Did you commit a series of felony nursing home break-and-enters last year, but you also managed to release an absolute banger of pop hits? Go ahead and submit to the Recording Academy! Have a dozen people accused you of intentionally flashing your crotch in a Zoom meeting, but you also produced a hit album? Better pick out a suit that doesn’t clash with the red carpet! Because that’s essentially what Harvey Mason Jr. is saying. However, that doesn’t mean they’re already giddily anticipating Marilyn Manson or Louis C.K. on the red carpet at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Harvey Mason Jr. says they draw the line at gushing over creeps or throwing them on camera every chance they get. via The Wrap:
“What we will control is 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. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”
I bet the Grammys floor planners are working on the perfect seating arrangement just for MM and Louis. It’s two seats way off to the side under a broken section of track lights that barely illuminate anything under it, and all the seats are obscured by a post. There, problem solved!