Say goodbye to Randy Jackson's Grammy tweets
Randy Jackson's Twitter account, which Monday asked for fan input on his 2010 Grammy ballot, has been updated, with many of the Grammy posts stricken from the account.
A spokesman for the artist said the tweets that asked for fan help on Jackson's Grammy ballots were not written by Jackson, but instead were posted without his knowledge by an assistant. Any tweets mentioning the Grammy Awards by name have been removed.
As Pop & Hiss noted earlier today, Jackson's Twitter was updated Monday with the artist seemingly asking for fan input on such major Grammy categories as album of the year, best new artist and best alternative album. In trying to make a decision on best alternative album, Jackson's Twitter was updated Monday to read, "This one is hard .... help!!!"
Over numerous tweets, Jackson's Twitter appeared to whittle down the contenders for a handful of categories. Phoenix's "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," for instance, was announced as no longer being in the running for Jackson's vote, and the artist's Twitter noted that song of the year was a bout between Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."
Billboard, in its post on Jackson's tweets, quoted the Grammy ballots, which request voters to keep their choices secret. According to Billboard, the ballots read, "Do not allow your choices to be suggested or directed by other than your own conscience."
A spokesman for Jackson stresses that the artist had no knowledge of the tweets, and that he had them removed as soon as he was alerted to their existence.
The Grammy Awards, which are set for Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, keep ballots and winners completely under wraps until the telecast. Grammy rules allow for voters to select picks for the four general categories -- album, song, record and best new artist -- as well as eight additional fields.
-- Todd Martens