Tammy Hurt to chair the Recording Academy board of directors
Hurt is the third woman to be elected to the academy chariot post, after Leslie Ann Jones, which served from 1999 to 2001, and Christine albert, who served from 2013 to 2015. She also identifies as LGBTQ +.
For the first time in the academy’s history, no white man has been elected to any of the four key positions. Two black men, Rico Love and Om’Mas Keith, were elected respectively vice-president and secretary / treasurer. Albert continues as President Emeritus. All four appointments take effect immediately.
Love is the third black leader to be named vice president. It follows Stix Hooper, who held this position from 1993 to 1995, and Jimmy’s Jam, who held the position from 2005 to 2007. Jam later became the academy’s first black chair. (Mason was the second.)
Hurt was elected to the board of directors by the board of governors of the academy’s Atlanta chapter. Love was elected by the Florida chapter, Keith by the Los Angeles chapter, and Alpert by the Texas chapter.
Love is a two-time Grammy nominee. Keith is a Grammy winner. Love was nominated for Album of the Year as a Producer on Beyoncé’s I am … Sasha Fierce (2009) and best R&B song for co-writing “Heart Attack (2012)” by Trey Songz. Keith won the award for Best Contemporary Urban Album as producer and engineer / mixer from Frank Ocean’s Orange channel (2012). This latest album was also nominated for Album of the Year.
“I am in awe of the incredibly talented group who have been elected to lead this new era of the Academy and truly excited for the possibilities as I begin this journey with Tammy, Rico, Om’Mas and Christine,” Mason said in a statement. “I know this group will do a great job as we continue to transform the Academy and support the music community.”
Here are the biographies of the four newly elected provided by the Academy. They have been slightly modified.
As a veteran of the independent music industry, Tammy Hurt has been a driving force behind the Atlanta music scene for decades. An Emmy-nominated producer for her work with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hurt is the Managing Partner of Placement Music, an entertainment company specializing in custom music, sheet music and licensing. FOX Sports commissioned the company for two consecutive Super Bowl broadcasts to create a complete and original orchestral score. Additional credits include Paramount Pictures, CBS, MTV, HBO, BET, Sony, Lifetime, Hallmark, NFL, NASCAR, True Blood, Dexter, Drop Dead Diva, Mean Girls 2, and several custom locations in the independent film SHOTS, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hurt’s most recent project, Sonic Rebel – We Made It With Our Hands, is a five song instrumental EP that is a mix of electronic, rock, glitch, dub trap and hip-hop elements, released this summer. Recorded at Big Trouble Recording at L5P Atlanta, the project features Dan Gleason and Ben Homola of Grouplove, engineer TJ Elias, multi-instrumentalist Kevin Spencer on guitar, and Hurt on drums.
Co-founder of the nonprofit Georgia Music Partners, Hurt led the campaign to create and enact Georgia’s first standalone tax incentive, the Georgia Music Investment Act. She is a recipient of Catalyst Magazine’s Top 25 Entrepreneur and Watch Awards and is an openly LGBTQ + official at the Recording Academy.
Rico Love is three times SESAC Songwriter of the Year. He has written and produced successful records for artists such as David Guetta / Usher (“Without You”), Romeo Santos (“Promise”), Usher (“There Goes My Baby”), Nelly (“Just a Dream”) ), Trey Songz (“Heart Attack”) and Kelly Rowland (“Motivation”), and has contributed to Grammy Award-winning works such as Beyoncé’s Best Contemporary R&B Album of 2009 I’m … Sasha Fierce, Usher’s 2010 Best Contemporary R&B Album Raymond v. Raymond and Usher’s Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2010 for “There Goes My Baby”.
Love continues to experience success as a songwriter and producer, but is also dedicated and passionate about his new music conference business (We Love Music Conference) which is designed to educate, inspire and cultivate emerging talent. His label, D1MG, has partnerships with Epic, Hitco and Sony.
Om’Mas Keith, Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum producer, engineer, composer, musician, performer, executive and TV personality, hails from Hollis, Queens, NY with a rich musical pedigree. He is a founding member of the avant-garde hip-hop / jazz trio Sa-Ra Creative Partners, and has worked as a producer and songwriter with artists such as Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Legend, Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Kali Uchis and Frank Ocean.
Om’Mas began her service at the Recording Academy as an advisor to the Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors in 2015-16. He has since served as governor of the Los Angeles Chapter board and national administrator. As co-chair of the awards and nominations committee, he oversaw a positive historical and cultural change in the awards process. His involvement as a team leader in the Grammys on the Hill campaign to pass the Music Modernization Act was “a life changing experience.” As a founding member of the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective, he is passionate about its goals of increasing diversity and advocating for racial justice.
Albert is a freelance artist and Founder / CEO of Swan Songs, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit that makes musical last wishes come true. She has released 12 independent albums as a solo artist and as a member of the folk / Americana duo Albert and Gage. Albert and her husband and music partner Chris Gage also own and operate MoonHouse Studio and MoonHouse Records in Austin. She is known for her “Texafrance” series of French / English recordings which combine her European heritage with her Texan musical roots.
She has appeared on Austin City Limits, was honored as Vocalist of the Year by the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards, and received the Austin Music Superstar Award by the Austin Chamber of Commerce for her community service work. She was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Association Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2018.
In addition to her role as President Emeritus of the Recording Academy, she currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Latin Recording Academy and the Board of Trustees of MusiCares.