The “Christian Grammy Awards,” which are set to take place Nov. 21, have the real Grammy’s fuming.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences filed a federal lawsuit against the Christian Grammy Awards accusing them of trademark infringement. The Recording Academy says they have the exclusive rights to the “internationally-famous GRAMMY brand” and accused the Christian Grammys of unauthorized use of their name, according to the lawsuit filed in California.
The Grammys are suing not only for trademark violations, but for false advertising, for cybersquatting and for unauthorized use of their name. The lawsuit states that the Christian award show is no way affiliated with the Recording Academy but that they are using the Grammy name in advertising and merchandising. In addition, the Christian Grammys are seeking to make money from the event by charging “$40 general admission, $55 medium admission and $99.99 VIP admission,” according to the complaint.
The Grammy Awards, which recognizes Christian music accomplishments by giving out awards for best contemporary Christian music performance/song and best contemporary Christian music album, said they have been using the name “Grammy” since at least 1959 and registered the name as a trademark in 2007. According to the lawsuit, the Christian Grammy Awards have been promoting themselves on Facebook and YouTube in a way that suggests some kind of affiliation with the Recording Academy.
The Recording Academy is seeking to permanently stop the Christian association from using the Grammy name. In addition, they are seeking to recover damages already caused by cybersquatting and other infringing behavior. The Christian Grammy Awards have not responded to a request for comment.