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Grammy hunts a prexy

Portnow eyed after Greene's controversial heave

NEW YORK — The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is setting up a committee to hunt for a president, following the abrupt departure of longtime president Michael Greene in April.

The Recording Academy’s board of trustees named a secret panel of between five and 10 members at the music org’s annual meeting in Maui last week. Among the front-runners rumored for Greene’s job is Jive Records West Coast chief Neil Portnow.

Greene was ousted by the board on April 27 amid a hail of controversy over allegations of sexual harassment. The board eventually cleared Greene of wrongdoing and OK’d an $8 million buyout package for him.

Also at last week’s meeting, the Academy added three categories to its flagship event, the Grammy Awards, bringing the total to 104.

Among the new kudos on deck for Grammy’s 2003 fest are separate rap performance awards for men and women, as well as fetes for contemporary R&B album and urban/alternative performance.

The dance recording award, meanwhile, was split from the pop music umbrella and given its own dance music field.