(AllHipHop News) More than 1,300 music industry professionals such as vocalists, instrumentalists, producers, songwriters, and engineers were invited to join the Recording Academy's 2019 membership class. The California-based organization oversees the Grammy Awards and maintains the Grammy museum.
"The Recording Academy is honored to announce our inaugural membership class of 1340 qualified music creators and business professionals [1,186 voting members, 154 professional (non-voting) members]," states Laura Segura Mueller, Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations at the Recording Academy. "The 2019 class is comprised of music creators and professionals from across the music industry and their talents and backgrounds span many genres, crafts, ethnicities, genders, ages, locations, and professions."
Mueller continues, "As a result of meaningful recent changes to our member recruitment process, the class is more representative of the diverse voices, modes of expression, and excellence within the music industry, as compared to the data reported in the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative studies released in 2018 and 2019."
In 2018, a peer-reviewed membership and community-driven model was implemented to build a more representative membership body. Mueller says, "Our new peer-driven membership model is just one more way that the Recording Academy is evolving while also encouraging other industry companies to reinvent their own long-standing practices. We are nurturing a more inclusive organization for our members today and for generations to come."
According to the Recording Academy, Rap makes up 13% of the 2019 class which is second only to Pop's 17%. R&B adds another 11%. While the Academy's current membership is 26% female and 29% are under 40 years old, the new class is 49% female and 51% are under 40. Additionally, 41% are from what the Academy calls "traditionally underrepresented communities" as compared to 24% for its present membership. The 2019 Class is 49% Caucasian.
Megan The Stallion and Asiahn are among the performers that have tweeted about news of the '19 class. The potential members have until voting ballot deadlines (September 15) to accept their invitation and participate in the 62nd Grammy Awards. The ceremony is scheduled for January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.
Hip Hop made history on Grammy Night 2019. Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover's “This Is America” became the first rap song to win Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. By winning Best Rap Album for Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B is the first solo woman to win that category. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, Anderson .Paak, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, and others were also honored by the Recording Academy in January.