AirTalk for May 27, 2011

Grammy Awards cuts strike a bad note for some

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Lady Gaga performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 13, 2011.

A coalition of musicians is protesting a recent decision by the Recording Academy to drastically trim the number of Grammy categories. The 2012 awards show will feature 78, down from 109 this year. Last month, Grammy President and CEO Neil Portnow said a yearlong examination of the awards structure led to the decision -- one he said would make the Grammys more competitive and the awards more coveted. However, concerned artists are holding rallies across the country -- calling for a reversal of the move. They also charge that the decision unfairly targets ethnic music. What do you think of the major changes for the Grammys? Would it make the awards more competitive? Or is it sacrificing the recognition of distinct musical genres?

Guests:

Corey Moore, KPCC Reporter

Bobby Matos, Latin jazz artist and educator & Spokesperson, Los Angeles Grammy Watch Group


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