This is one of those days I wish I was lucky enough to write for the Onion. If I was, I would be writing about the shocking news today that the Grammy awards eliminated 30 awards and consolidated categories today for future awards. The shocking part is that nobody cares about this ridiculous awards show anymore. There was a time when the top 40 songs or albums mattered. I remember going to actual record stores and reading the Billboard charts. I cared who won a Grammy award back then. Now, I could care less. Thank goodness there’s something better that bad lip syncing on one of my other 378 channel choices.
NEW YORK – Men and women will compete head-to-head, some of the more exotic awards like best Native American album and best spoken-word children’s record have been eliminated, and the number of categories has been reduced by more than 30 in the biggest overhaul in the 53-year history of the Grammys.
While no musical genres will be excluded from Grammy contention, the changes will make the awards a lot more competitive.
“It ups the game in terms of what it takes to receive a Grammy and preserves the great esteem of with its held in the creative community, which is the most important element,” Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
While the Academy has adjusted its rules and adapted to industry changes over the years, these changes follow its first major examination of the awards structure, a process that took more than a year.
The biggest change will come in the number of categories, cut from 109 to 78. Awards will no longer be given in such categories as rap performance by a duo or group; some of the instrumental categories in pop, rock and country; traditional gospel; children’s spoken-word album; Zydeco or Cajun music album; and best classical crossover album.
That doesn’t mean that those types of music are ineligible; they will simply compete within larger fields.