Calgary Herald

Grammy categories dropped in overhaul

Organizers slash number of awards to 78 from 109

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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.

 ?? Herald Archive, McClatchy Newspapers ?? The Album of the Year award, which went this year to Montreal’s Arcade Fire, above, remained unscathed in the Grammy revamp.
Herald Archive, McClatchy Newspapers The Album of the Year award, which went this year to Montreal’s Arcade Fire, above, remained unscathed in the Grammy revamp.

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