Harvey Mason Jr., who has led the Recording Academy on an interim basis through the past tumultuous year, was named Thursday the academy’s full-time president/CEO.

“We are delighted that Harvey will remain at the helm and continue to steer the organization through this pivotal time,” according to a joint statement from academy search committee co-chairs John Burk and Leslie Ann Jones. “As we journeyed deeper into our extensive search, it became clear that the best person for the job was Harvey. We are immensely impressed by the remarkable work he has done during his interim tenure and look forward to the continued evolution of the academy under his effective, results-driven leadership.”

The academy cited Mason’s work in bolstering the “transparency” of Grammy voting and in improving the diversity among members, including the hiring of the organization’s first-ever diversity, equity and inclusion officer. It also credited his oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the charitable MusiCares effort doled out more than $24 million to assist struggling “music creators” during the past year.

With his hiring as president/CEO, Mason will surrender his position as chairman of the academy’s board.

“There is nothing more rewarding than having the trust and respect of your colleagues and peers,” Mason said in a statement. “I am honored to have been appointed to continue to lead the Recording Academy on our transformative journey. While I had not initially expected to be in this position, I remain deeply invested in the success of the organization and am motivated to help us achieve our greatest ambitions. I will serve humbly with a steadfast commitment to building a more inclusive, responsive and relevant academy.”

The academy came under fire this year over the process of choosing nominees and winners of Grammy Awards and the use of “secret” committees to make such selections. The issue was highlighted when one of the past year’s most celebrated artists, The Weeknd, was snubbed for any nominations. He lashed out at the academy and said he would be boycotting the awards henceforth.

In April, Mason announced an overhaul of the Grammy voting process, eliminating the use of the “nominations review committees” — made up of unnamed music industry officials — in all genre and general Grammy categories, including the top honors of record, album and song of the year and best new artist. Nominations and winners will now be chosen by “the entire voting membership body,” according to the academy.

Mason has been serving as interim president/CEO since January 2020.

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