Thursday, June 04, 2009

Grammys Won't Be Rolling Out the Barrel Anymore . . . .

Per the CBC today:

Grammy board axes polka category to stay 'relevant and responsive'

Thursday, June 4, 2009 |
CBC News

Canada's polka king Walter Ostanek won't be able to add another golden gramophone trophy to his existing trio haul after organizers of the Grammys announced the elimination of the best polka album category.

The U.S. Recording Academy, which administers the prestigious U.S. musical honour, revealed a number of category changes and new additions to its board of trustees in a statement issued Wednesday.

Along with axing the polka trophy, the academy also decided to fold the best Latin urban album category into the best Latin rock or alternative album one, creating an omnibus new trophy.

The board also voted to split the best contemporary folk/Americana album award into two separate prizes and rename the entire folk field "American roots music."

The decisions were made to ensure "the awards process is pertinent within the current musical landscape," academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said.

"The board of trustees continues to demonstrate its passionate commitment to keeping the Recording Academy a relevant and responsive organization in our dynamic music community."

Guess we'll not be seeing 'Ole Walter and his spiffy dressing audience anytime soon.

Pity . . . .

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