Grammy winners reportedly leak online, Recording Academy responds
In the age of the internet it seems nothing is safe—there are stories of Kanye West transporting new music in a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist and Prince keeping troves of music locked away in actual vaults. Sony can’t even keep their films safe. Now, it seems the latest victim of a hack was the Recording Academy, when on Monday, January 29, a list of winners for the 2019 Grammy Awards ceremony surfaced on Twitter. Quick to spring into action, the Recording Academy issued a statement declaring the list an obvious fake.
In the statement, the Recording Academy unequivocally denounces the list of rumored winners, saying, “There is no legitimacy to this. Grammy Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes.” The reportedly phony list names ZEDD and Maren Morris’ “The Middle” as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” as Song of the Year, Beck’s “Colors” grabs the Best Pop Solo Performance award, and Cardi B earns the Record of the Year tag with “I Like It.”
Organizers also mentioned to Billboard in a statement that they are exploring the possibility of pursuing legal action against the hackers as well. The 61st annual Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10.