Yes according to this news report. If this is indeed true, this is the first time an Indian composer is being given this place.
He had sent his album ‘World, Peace and Harmony’ with popular saxophone player Gerald Albright, for the Grammys this year. The album made through to top 50, but didn’t get selected in the top 5 nominations.
To me Bappi Lahiri’s entry to Grammy’s Jury feels not so great as I thought we had bundle of amazing talent better than Bappi Lahiri. Though he created waves in the 80’s with his Disco numbers, he has always been criticised for plagiarism. And the sad part is Bappi is taking digs at AR Rahman for his recent international success. Bappi Da, the whole world knows that AR Rahman didn’t come out instantly from nowhere; he has banked upon hard work, quality music and loads of struggling to become what he is now. Rahman’s mesmerising melodies date back to early 90’s. A backing of a producer like Danny Boyle is because of his incredible talent. I’m here to support talent.
Nevertheless I wish you all the best in your new role.