Three acts nominated for the 2021 Best children’s album Grammy Award have declined their nomination as a protest over the all-white list of nominees in their category.
Out of the five acts given a nod for the gong, Alistair Moock, Dog on Fleas and the Okee Dokee Brothers have chosen to turn down the honor.
Moock landed his nomination for scoring Be A Pain, which tells the story of notable Americans who stood up for their principles – including Rosa Parks, LGBT trailblazer Harvey Milk, and The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The musician explained his decision to NPR as he stated: ‘After this year, to have an all-white slate of nominees seemed really tone-deaf.’
He insisted that he would love to win a Grammy but felt he could not accept the coveted award when he believed the playing field is not even.
Okee Dokee Brothers singer Joe Mailander agreed as he commented: ‘We thought that it was the strongest thing we could do, to stand with people of color whose albums are too often left out of the Grammy nominations.
‘This is not just white guys with guitars playing for kids. We want to welcome all different types of music to this community.’
The nominees recently met with the Recording Academy’s interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr and the first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, who have both vowed to take ‘meaningful action’ going forward.
The 2021 Grammy nominees were announced in November, ahead of the event which will take place on January.
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