Grammy categories dropped in overhaul
Organizers slash number of awards to 78 from 109
In a major Grammys overhaul designed to reduce the bloated structure of the music industry’s top awards, organizers said Wednesday they would slash the number of categories to 78 from 109 for next year’s ceremony.
Many existing categories will be merged, while some will be dropped outright with contenders from different musical genres required to compete in new, allpurpose categories.
The top awards — album, record and song of the year, and best new artist — will remain untouched.
Among the changes, the separate awards for male and female vocal performance will now be combined into a new pop solo performance category.
Similarly a new award, rock performance, replaces the separate awards for rock solo vocal performance and rock performance by a duo or group with vocals.
The two metal and hard rock categories have also been merged.
In the pop, rock and country fields, the prizes for instrumental performance have been dropped.
The contemporary R&B album award has also been dropped, and contenders will be moved into the existing award for R&B album.
The R&B field suffered one of the biggest cuts, with the number of awards halved to four. The three R&B vocal performance awards for males, females and groups have been merged into a single R&B performance award.
Rap escaped relatively unscathed, with the number of awards cut to four from five with the merging of the solo and group performance races into a simple rap performance category.
The awards for Hawaiian, Native American and Zydeco or Cajun albums have also been dropped. In their place is a new category, regional roots music album.
Grammy officials said the restructuring evolved from a “comprehensive evaluation” that was launched in 2009. In another change, a category will be cut for the awards year if it receives fewer than 25 submissions.