meta-scriptHow The New Executive And Co-Executive Producers Took The Helm At The 2022 GRAMMYs, Continuing Strides In Diversity, Equity & Inclusion |
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(L-R): Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay

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How The New Executive And Co-Executive Producers Took The Helm At The 2022 GRAMMYs, Continuing Strides In Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The production team behind the 2022 GRAMMYs welcomed the first Black woman co-executive producer, the first executive producer of Indian descent, and the first Black male executive producer.

GRAMMYs/Apr 8, 2022 - 11:38 pm

When it comes to diversity, the Recording Academy doesn't just talk the talk — it walks the walk.

And the production team for the 2022 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, is a testament to the organization's commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). Indeed, at this year's awards show, Jesse Collins and Raj Kapoor served as executive producers, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay as co-executive producer.

(Fulwell 73 Productions oversaw all aspects of the show for the second consecutive year. Ben Winston, who co-owns and runs Fulwell 73 Productions, served as showrunner in 2021 and executive producer in 2022; Kapoor served as showrunner and executive producer for the 2022 GRAMMYs. Hamish Hamilton returned as the show's director.)

Beyond this team's voluminous talent is a milestone for DEI for the GRAMMY Awards show: Jeannae Rouzan-Clay, who has executive-produced the "A GRAMMY Salute To The Sounds Of Change" special among many other music awards shows and TV specials, was the first-ever Black woman to serve as co-executive producer; Raj Kapoor was the first person of Indian descent to become an executive producer; and Jesse Collins, who's been a producer for the annual GRAMMY Awards show for 17 years and who produced the Oscars and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show last year, was the first Black male executive producer.

"Running the GRAMMY Awards for the Recording Academy, CBS and the music community with Fulwell 73 is a dream come true," Kapoor said last year. "We look forward to building on our success last year in fostering an environment of inclusivity and creativity while supporting nominees with one of the most dedicated and talented production teams in television helping to make more memorable GRAMMY moments for years to come."

"Seventeen years ago, John Cossette and Ken Ehrlich brought me on to the GRAMMYs as a segment producer for Kanye West's performance of 'Jesus Walks,'" Collins said. "Since then, it's been an amazing journey being part of the GRAMMY family of producers to now being an executive producer of the show along with Ben Winston and Raj Kapoor. It is indeed a dream come true. I am especially thrilled to bring my longtime colleague, Jeannae Rouzan-Clay, to our team. Her vast wealth of creativity and knowledge of live show production will allow her to help us catapult the GRAMMYs into the future."

"After producing numerous award shows with Jesse Collins for over 15 years, being brought on to the GRAMMYs as the first-ever Black female co-executive producer is a deep honor," Rouzan-Clay said last year. "Joining the team as a creative executive is a full-circle moment for me and my career as one of my early jobs in show business was being an assistant on the GRAMMYs. I truly look forward to working with Jesse, Ben, Raj, and the entire team to build a fantastic show."

This sea change built on the diversity of the team who produced this year's GRAMMY Awards expands on the Recording Academy's years-long, multifaceted efforts to strengthen DEI and representation at the GRAMMY Awards and the music industry at-large. 

Also implemented at the 2022 GRAMMYs was the Recording Academy's official GRAMMY Awards Inclusion Rider. Originally announced last August, this contract addendum was designed to be a powerful tool to ensure equity and inclusion at every level during the production of the show.

The Inclusion Rider also solidified the GRAMMYs as the first major music awards show production to publicly commit to using an inclusion rider, exemplifying the Recording Academy's leadership and ingenuity in infusing the highest standards of inclusion, belonging and representation. 

"I am proud that the Academy is leading the charge in releasing an Inclusion Rider for the music community that counters systematic bias," Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in the unveiling of the Inclusion Rider in October 2021. "We were proud to work with a very diverse crew last year for the GRAMMY Awards, and this is the culmination of a years-long effort to create a rider for the production of the GRAMMYs. But this is only the beginning. We are committed to putting in the real work required to help create a pipeline of diverse talent and drastically change representation."

The Inclusion Rider was part of the larger #ChangeMusic initiative and created in partnership with Color Of Change, as well as co-authors Kalpana Kotagal (partner, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll), Fanshen Cox (head of strategic outreach, Pearl Street Films), and key contributors Valeisha Butterfield Jones (Co-President of the Recording Academy) and Allie-Ryan Butler (Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Recording Academy).

With the diverse executive production team at the helm of the 2022 GRAMMYs and the Inclusion Rider at play, the Recording Academy has helped to inspire peers to modernize hiring practices industry-wide and foster an environment of inclusion.

Read the GRAMMY Awards Inclusion Rider in full and learn more about the Recording Academy's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

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Autumn Rowe at the 2023 GRAMMYs
Autumn Rowe at the 2023 GRAMMYs.

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Where Do You Keep Your GRAMMY?: Autumn Rowe Revisits Her Unexpected Album Of The Year Win With Jon Batiste

Acclaimed songwriter Autumn Rowe reveals the inspirational location where her Album Of The Year golden gramophone resides, and details the "really funny way" she first met Jon Batiste.

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Ever since Autumn Rowe won a GRAMMY in 2022, it's been her biggest motivation. That's why the musical multi-hyphenate keeps the award nestled in her writing room — to keep her creative juices flowing.

"It reminds me that anything is possible," she says in the latest episode of Where Do You Keep Your GRAMMY?

Rowe won her first-ever career GRAMMY in 2022 with an Album Of The Year award for Jon Batiste's We Are. "It was very stressful," she recalls with a laugh.

"Right before they announced Album Of The Year, the pressure started getting to me," Rowe explains. "Album Of The Year is the biggest possible award you can win. So, I'm like, 'We didn't win any of these [categories], how are we going to win the biggest award?"

The win also taught her one unforgettable, valuable lesson: "We matter. The music matters. Everything matters. We just have to create it. If there isn't space for it, we have to make space for it. Don't wait for something to open."

Rowe says she grew up "super dirt poor" and never even had the opportunity to watch the awards ceremony on television. "To be a GRAMMY winner means it is possible for everyone," she declares.

Press play on the video above to learn more about the backstory of Autumn Rowe's Album Of The Year award, and remember to check back to for more new episodes of Where Do You Keep Your GRAMMY?

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(L-R) Doja Cat and SZA at the 2022 GRAMMYs.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Doja Cat & SZA Tearfully Accept Their First GRAMMYs For "Kiss Me More"

Relive the moment the pair's hit "Kiss Me More" took home Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which marked the first GRAMMY win of their careers.

GRAMMYs/Mar 1, 2024 - 06:11 pm

As Doja Cat put it herself, the 2022 GRAMMYs were a "big deal" for her and SZA.

Doja Cat walked in with eight nominations, while SZA entered the ceremony with five. Three of those respective nods were for their 2021 smash "Kiss Me More," which ultimately helped the superstars win their first GRAMMYs.

In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the night SZA and Doja Cat accepted the golden gramophone for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance — a milestone moment that Doja Cat almost missed.

"Listen. I have never taken such a fast piss in my whole life," Doja Cat quipped after beelining to the stage. "Thank you to everybody — my family, my team. I wouldn't be here without you, and I wouldn't be here without my fans."

Before passing the mic to SZA, Doja also gave a message of appreciation to the "Kill Bill" singer: "You are everything to me. You are incredible. You are the epitome of talent. You're a lyricist. You're everything."

SZA began listing her praises for her mother, God, her supporters, and, of course, Doja Cat. "I love you! Thank you, Doja. I'm glad you made it back in time!" she teased.

"I like to downplay a lot of s— but this is a big deal," Doja tearfully concluded. "Thank you, everybody."

Press play on the video above to hear Doja Cat and SZA's complete acceptance speech for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, and check back to for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.

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Baby Keem (left) at the 2022 GRAMMYs.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Baby Keem Celebrate "Family Ties" During Best Rap Performance Win In 2022

Revisit the moment budding rapper Baby Keem won his first-ever gramophone for Best Rap Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards for his Kendrick Lamar collab "Family Ties."

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For Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, The Melodic Blue was a family affair. The two cousins collaborated on three tracks from Keem's 2021 debut LP, "Range Brothers," "Vent," and "Family Ties." And in 2022, the latter helped the pair celebrate a GRAMMY victory.

In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, turn the clock back to the night Baby Keem accepted Best Rap Performance for "Family Ties," marking the first GRAMMY win of his career.

"Wow, nothing could prepare me for this moment," Baby Keem said at the start of his speech.

He began listing praise for his "supporting system," including his family and "the women that raised me and shaped me to become the man I am."

Before heading off the stage, he acknowledged his team, who "helped shape everything we have going on behind the scenes," including Lamar. "Thank you everybody. This is a dream."

Baby Keem received four nominations in total at the 2022 GRAMMYs. He was also up for Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Album Of The Year as a featured artist on Kanye West's Donda.

Press play on the video above to watch Baby Keem's complete acceptance speech for Best Rap Performance at the 2022 GRAMMYs, and check back to for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.

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Kendrick Lamar

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GRAMMY Rewind: Kendrick Lamar Honors Hip-Hop's Greats While Accepting Best Rap Album GRAMMY For 'To Pimp a Butterfly' In 2016

Upon winning the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' Kendrick Lamar thanked those that helped him get to the stage, and the artists that blazed the trail for him.

GRAMMYs/Oct 13, 2023 - 06:01 pm

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A GRAMMY veteran these days, Kendrick Lamar has won 17 GRAMMYs and has received 47 GRAMMY nominations overall. A sizable chunk of his trophies came from the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards in 2016, when he walked away with five — including his first-ever win in the Best Rap Album category.

This installment of GRAMMY Rewind turns back the clock to 2016, revisiting Lamar's acceptance speech upon winning Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly. Though Lamar was alone on stage, he made it clear that he wouldn't be at the top of his game without the help of a broad support system. 

"First off, all glory to God, that's for sure," he said, kicking off a speech that went on to thank his parents, who he described as his "those who gave me the responsibility of knowing, of accepting the good with the bad."

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He also extended his love and gratitude to his fiancée, Whitney Alford, and shouted out his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates. Lamar specifically praised Top Dawg's CEO, Anthony Tiffith, for finding and developing raw talent that might not otherwise get the chance to pursue their musical dreams.

"We'd never forget that: Taking these kids out of the projects, out of Compton, and putting them right here on this stage, to be the best that they can be," Lamar — a Compton native himself — continued, leading into an impassioned conclusion spotlighting some of the cornerstone rap albums that came before To Pimp a Butterfly.

"Hip-hop. Ice Cube. This is for hip-hop," he said. "This is for Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle. This is for Illmatic, this is for Nas. We will live forever. Believe that."

To Pimp a Butterfly singles "Alright" and "These Walls" earned Lamar three more GRAMMYs that night, the former winning Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and the latter taking Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (the song features Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat). He also won Best Music Video for the remix of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." 

Lamar has since won Best Rap Album two more times, taking home the golden gramophone in 2018 for his blockbuster LP DAMN., and in 2023 for his bold fifth album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.

Watch Lamar's full acceptance speech above, and check back at every Friday for more GRAMMY Rewind episodes. 

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