Multiple writers have been added to the Grammy submission for Roddy Ricch’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “The Box,” which is nominated for three honors including best rap song and song of the year, one of the show’s top prizes.
When the Recording Academy announced its nominees in November, only Ricch and Samuel Gloade (aka 30 Roc) were listed as the writers of the megahit, which is competing for two Grammys specifically reserved for songwriters.
But later four additional writers — Larrance Dopson, Adarius Moragne (aka Datboisqueeze), Khirye Anthony Tyler and Aqeel Qadir Tate (aka Zentachi) — were added to the Grammy submission for “The Box.”
The submission was altered a second time, with Zentachi removed as a co-writer and Eric Sloan added.
It was not clear why the writers were originally left off the song, or why Zentachi was removed and Sloan was added. Ricch’s representative at Atlantic said the label had no comment.
Sloan is the only one of those who is listed as a writer of “The Box” with the Grammys but is not credited on Spotify, BMI’s website or Atlantic Records production notes about the song.
When the ballots went out for the first round of voting — to determine Grammy nominees — only Ricch and 30 Roc appeared as writers of “The Box.” It is unclear if the two names, or the current six nominees, were listed on the ballot for the final round of voting, which determines Grammy winners.
Three of the added writers of “The Box” — Datboisqueeze, Tyler and Sloan — are first-time nominees. Dopson won the best R&B song Grammy in 2019 for co-writing Ella Mai’s massive hit “Boo’d Up.”
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