So remember a while back when I told the Grammys that they kind of suck because of the weird and unnecesary changes they were making to the awards process (and they were nice enough to actually reply)? Well, everyone was kind of mad about that it looks like, and now The Grammys have reinstated 3 key award categories that were removed in 2011. Good, that shit was lame. Maybe I can try watching the broadcast and being entertained again.
Following over a year of protests by thousands of musicians, many of them Latin jazz artists, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has made a slight reversal on its decision to cut 31 categories from the Grammy Awards last year. At its annual Board of Trustees meeting last month, the organization decided to reinstate the award for best Latin Jazz Album and added two categories.
The AP reports that the Grammys will now include Best Urban Contemporary Album (for R&B albums that feature pop/rock) and Best Classical Compendium (for albums that “involve a mixture of classical subgenres”), in addition to Best Latin Jazz Album. The rundown now includes 81 categories, up from 78. In April 2011, 31 categories were gutted from the previous 109.
“Every year we want to look at these objectively and make a good musical decision and not be influenced by politics and pressure,” NARAS CEO Neil Portnow said. “I will say it’s incredibly unfortunate that a very small group chose to voice their discontent with a lawsuit that had no basis… Not only is it distracting from a time standpoint, but it costs a great deal of money to have to defend something that we knew was completely defensiveable.” Yes, “defensiveable” is the direct quote.
Welp, this is always good news. Yay. Lets see what happens at next years Grammys.