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Ousted Grammy CEO files explosive discrimination complaint

Ousted Grammy CEO files explosive discrimination complaint

The ousted head of the Grammy Awards says that music's biggest awards are tainted because of conflicts of interest that infect how certain songs and artistes are nominated.

Deborah Dugan was fired only months into her job as head of the Recording Academy and this week filed an explosive complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission that alleged she was sexually harassed and that the music organisation was a "boy's club" that favours friends. The academy, which has accused Dugan of misconduct, has said it has launched an investigation.

The personnel allegations had largely overshadowed Dugan's charges about the integrity of the Grammys' awards process - a huge problem given that its annual ceremony is set to be televised on CBS in three days.

The academy vehemently defended its voting process in response to Dugan's complaint and interview on ABC's Good Morning America.