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Tammy Hurt Elected Chair of Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees

Hurt is the third woman to be elected to the academy’s char post, following Leslie Ann Jones, who served from 1999-2001, and Christine Albert, who served from 2013-2015. She also identifies as LGBTQ+.

For the first time in academy history, no white men were elected to any of the four key positions. Two Black men, Rico Love and Om’Mas Keith, were elected vice chair and secretary/treasurer, respectively. Albert continues as chair emeritus. All four appointments are effective immediately.

Love is the third Black executive to be named vice chair. He follows Stix Hooper, who served in that role from 1993-95, and Jimmy Jam, who served in that role from 2005-07. Jam later went onto be the academy’s first Black chair. (Mason was the second.)

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