While the Grammy's are usually one of the lesser awards shows I cover, I still take a great interest in them. According to The Envelope of The Los Angeles Times:
"The Recording Academy on Wednesday announced a major overhaul of its musical categories that, among other changes, will consolidate a number of awards, eliminate separate awards for male and female vocal performances in the pop, rock, R&B and country genres, and reduce the overall number of categories from 109 to 78, beginning next year. A number of other formerly distinct categories have been combined or folded into existing ones. A new rule will also allow the academy to suspend and eventually eliminate categories that receive fewer than 25 entries for three consecutive years, and to transfer subsequent submissions in that category into the "next most appropriate category." The changes do not affect the top four categories, album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist."
In some ways, I think this is good, because the pre-Grammy ceremony is so bloated with categories that it takes hours and hours. In other ways, I think that this could be detrimnetal, particualrly combining the female and male vocal performances, which in many ways I think could be negative. Also, I know some genres of music are not so popular, but by elminating and consolidating smaller categories, the Recording Academy is losing a forum in which smaller forms of music can get nationwide recognition. We'll have to wait and see how this turns out I guess in order to determine whether it was a good or bad idea.
Here is the link to the rest of the story: http://theenvelope.latimes.com/la-et-grammy-awards-20110407,0,567728.story