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The Recording Academy has made an effort to diversify its membership amid complaints the Grammys have frequently failed to recognize female and minority artists.
In 2017, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in an interview with Pitchfork that he didn't think there was a race problem.
"We don't, as musicians, in my humble opinion, listen to music based on gender or race or ethnicity," Portnow said then. "When you go to vote on a piece of music -- at least the way that I approach it -- is you almost put a blindfold on and you listen."
Although Gambino didn't show, we did learn that Mayer and Keys split a Grammy years ago after his song "Daughters" beat "If I Ain't Got You" for song of the year. (Mayer literally split the award in half and gave it to her.)