In recent years Hollywood has seen a major swing in how awards and award nominees are viewed. Awards organizations have had to field numerous allegations of racism and discrimination.

Those allegations have now crossed the line from Hollywood to the world of music and the Grammy Awards.

In response, the Recording Academy has issued an Inclusion Rider to insure equality and inclusion in every level of the Grammy Awards.

The 2022 or 64th annual Grammy Award ceremonies are scheduled to be held January 31, 2022 and will be the first time the Inclusion Rider will be in play.

Kalpana Kotagal, Fanshen Cox, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, and Allie-Ryan Butler have all come together to create the new rider in, “ infusing the highest standards of inclusion, belonging and representation” to the awards and its recipients.

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr spoke on the new Inclusion Rider saying, “I am proud that the Academy is leading the charge in releasing an Inclusion Rider for the music community that counters systematic bias. We were proud to work with a very diverse crew last year for the GRAMMY Awards, and this is the culmination of a years-long effort to create a rider for the production of the Grammy’s. But this is only the beginning. We are committed to putting in the real work required to help create a pipeline of diverse talent and drastically change representation.”

President of Color of Change Rashad Robinson added, “with the Inclusion Rider, Color Of Change and the Recording Academy are working to change the rules that have enabled systemic discrimination in the music business for far too long. The Inclusion Rider is a concrete accountability mechanism aimed at breaking through an endless stream of empty commitments. It will ensure that Black people finally gain the authority in the industry that matches their essential contributions to it. An initiative of #ChangeMusic, the Inclusion Rider changes the rules of the industry’s hiring and management practices to open up opportunities for work and promotion that have long been denied.”

The new Inclusion Rider is designed improving and diversifying the pool for hiring personnel involved with the awards.

Civil right attorney and co-author Kalpana Kotagal spoke on the new Rider saying, “by committing to use the Inclusion Rider for its 2022 production, the Grammy Awards is not only ensuring a more equitable and diverse hiring process, it is also setting an important standard for inclusivity and representation at award shows moving forward.”