In 2018, she sang “Funny Girl” on the Eurovision stage in Lisbon. By then, it was no secret that Laura Rizzotto had quite the resume on her hands. Now she can add “Grammy juror” to her list of accolades, as she has officially become a voting member for The Recording Academy — giving her the right to vote in the annual Grammy Awards.
The Latvian-Brazilian star shared the good news with her fans on social media, writing “Ya girl gets to vote for the Grammys now! Happy to share with you that I’m officially a voting member for The Recording Academy. Super excited about this milestone and to join some of my favorite artists, musicians and creatives in this awesome community.”
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Laura’s new appointment follows a move by The Recording Academy to diversify its membership. The academy has recently extended membership offers to over 2,300 music industry professionals, aimed at bringing a more diverse and inclusive mix of people. The Recording Academy says its new intake is “48% female, 21% African American/African descent, 8% Hispanic, and 3% Asian American and Pacific Islander.”
Strict membership criteria still applied. Potential members have to be recommended by two peers in the music industry, they need to have a substantial number of music credits, prove to be relevant to their genre and community and making an impact.
Laura Rizzotto’s impressive resume
The Latvian-Brazilian beauty is known for much more than just representing Latvia at Eurovision. She made her first record deal with Universal Music Brasil, with her debut studio album Made in Rio debuting in 2011. She has also attended a variety of prestigious music schools across the United States.
Laura’s song “Miracle” was included in the UN-sponsored Global Road Safety Conference. Later on, Laura was hired by Sony Music to work as a Portuguese vocal coach for Jennifer Lopez — and all of that before she even did Eurovision!
More recently, Laura has relaunched with a new sound and with an innovative holographic performance method.
Laura can now count herself in an exclusive group of people and will be able to vote in the upcoming Grammy Awards. All of this shows that not qualifying for the grand final in Eurovision won’t stop you from achieving big milestones!