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The Grammys commit to hiring more diversity for the 2022 show

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FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, various Grammy Awards are displayed at the Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, originally planned for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, will now be announced Friday. The Recording Academy said Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, that because of former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral and public viewing this week, they will push back the release of its nominations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the rider will be added to its agreement with producers staging the 64th annual awards as a way to ensure equity and inclusion at all levels of production.

The Grammy Awards will adopt an inclusion rider that will require producers to hire more diverse candidates backstage and in front of the camera.

Academy President and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. called the concept a “monumental step” for an inclusive music community.

“As the academy continues its transformational journey, diversifying our industry is a the core of every decision we make,” Mason said in a statement.”

The academy’s imitative was created in partnership with several groups including the Color of Change, inclusion rider co -authors Kalpana Kotagal and Fashen Cox DiGiovanni, and Ryan Butler. the founding director of Warner Music/Blavatink Center for Music Business at Howard University.

The term “inclusion rider” was brought into the spotlight in 2018 by Frances McDormand mentioned it during her best actress Oscar acceptance speech.

Several other actors like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck followed suit by pledging to use inclusion riders in their production projects.