Contact Us

Artists Boycott Grammy Award Reduction

Paul Simon
Scott Gries, Getty Images

A group of artists upset at the Grammy Awards’ decision to cut the number of categories from 109 to 78 is calling for a boycott of CBS, which broadcasts the show, and has hired a lawyer to look into pursuing legal action.

Musicians like Paul Simon and Herbie Hancock have expressed concern about the Recording Academy’s decision to merge many of the niche genre categories. The group feels the cuts have racist consequences, since many of the categories being merged — Native American, Hawaiian, Zydeco, Cajun, Tejano and Latin Jazz — have a large number of ethnic performers.

Jazz musician Bobby Sanabria told the AP, “We will ask people to stop watching CBS, boycott their sponsors and then write them. We’re at a critical juncture.”

The Academy disagrees, and released a statement claiming the organization “spent two years researching and ultimately making the decision to restructure the Grammy Awards categories for reasons that had everything to do with recognizing excellence in music and the integrity of our awards and nothing to do with ethnicity or race.”

The statement continues, “We were up front, transparent, and painstakingly clear about how and why the awards restructuring was done, and any allegations that the process was carried out in secret or without warning are demonstrably false.”

Watch Lady Gaga Accept the 2011 Best Pop Album Grammy

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://popcrush.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Popcrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Popcrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!