Last Wednesday, the 27th, the Oscar Academy announced that singers The Weeknd and Taylor Swift are now part of the select group of voting members for the musical category of the Oscar 2024. Although they were invited in June this year, the official It only happened on that last day.
“In the words that fail, music expresses itself. Filling the emotional spaces with melodies that echo far beyond the closing credits, we introduce the newest members of the Academy’s Musical Branch,” stated the Academy’s social media profile. Now, these artists will have the power to vote in the award’s musical categories. In addition to The Weeknd and Taylor Swift, other new members on the music front include: Jean Michel Bernard, Rafiq Bhatia, Ian Chang, Ryan Lott, Alain Boublil, David Buckley, Dominick George Certo, Chandrabose, Anne-Kathrin Elisabeth Dern, Anna Drubich, M.M. Keeravaani, Penka Kouneva, Zeltia Montes, Starr Parodi and Dara Taylor.
“It is with great pride that the Academy welcomes these artists and professionals as members,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang at the time of announcing the guests. “They represent extraordinary global talent across all cinematic disciplines, having a vital impact on the arts and sciences of cinema, and captivating film fans around the world,” they added. Academy members play a crucial role in choosing Oscar nominated and winning films. The next Oscar ceremony is scheduled for March 10, 2024.