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Leaked Grammy Awards ‘winners’ list fake, says Recording Academy

(L-R) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the 60th Annual Grammy Award ceremony in 2018.
(L-R) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the 60th Annual Grammy Award ceremony in 2018. Getty Images Archive

The Recording Academy issued a statement on Jan. 28 dismissing an alleged tweet which contained a short winners list for the upcoming 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

According to The Academy, the list is fake.

The leaked video reportedly surfaced on Twitter over the weekend and gained major traction. The post has allegedly been reported and deleted, however, the original post claims to have access to a further list of winners, after an alleged success in hacking The Academy’s website.

A spokesperson from The Academy spoke to Billboard and revealed that they are looking into taking legal action against the alleged hacker.

“There is no legitimacy to this,” the spokesperson said. “Grammy Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony.”

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They added that the winners are delivered in sealed envelopes by Deloitte on the day of the event.

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Rumours further circulated that the list was actually posted on the official Grammy Awards website, which led many to believe that the list was, in fact, real and that The Academy simply made a mistake.

Because of this, many are pointing their fingers at The Academy, believing that it may be trying to cover up for an accidental leak.

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“The Grammys probably did this as a publicity stunt so they can get people to tune in and see who actually did win,” wrote one user.

“Fake news!” they added. “We won’t fall for their shenanigans.”

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The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. ET.

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adam.wallis@globalnews.ca
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