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Monday
May232011

Carlos Santana's & Cindy Blackman's Statement re: GRAMMY Category Eliminations

Carlos Santana & Cindy BlackmanThe ongoing challenge against the 31 categories eliminated from the GRAMMY Awards continues.

Have you signed the petition to protest the eliminations? If you haven't, you should go here to sign it.

This is also the best week to write to the leadership of NARAS. Why? Today (23rd May 2011) is the beginning of the week long National meeting of the NARAS Board of Trustees in Los Angeles, CA. Don't know who to write? That information is below the Santana - Blackman statement.

The following is the complete text of a statement made by Santana and his wife, Cindy Blackman, at the May 9th Press conference held in Oakland, CA that I previously told you about. 

 Dear NARAS Trustees,

It has come to our attention that you have reduced the number of 2012 GRAMMY Awards from 109 to 78. We have heard that categories such 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 album; and classical crossover album have been completely cut. And, then we heard about the cuts to the Latin & Jazz categories.

The biggest and most irresponsible cut to us is that you have eliminated Latin Jazz.  Apparently the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences down-sizing (even though no categories were removed from the awards) is simply a bad move and makes us wonder if you are doing this for other motives.

Without Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, João Gilberto and countless others, there would be no Santana. These Latin Jazz artists helped launch and craft countless genres of American and World music and are just as vibrant today as they were at any other point in history. To remove Latin Jazz and many other ethnic categories is doing a huge disservice to the brilliant musicians who keep the music vibrant for their fans – new and old. In fact, the entire “restructuring” of the Latin Field, with groups like the “Best Latin Pop Album” award combining with the “Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album” to create the new “Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album” award is ridiculous considering the fact that the Latin market and population is the fastest growing segment in the United States.

We strongly protest this decision and we ask you to represent all of the colors of the rainbow when it comes to music and give ethnic music a place in the heart of music lovers everywhere.

 

Sincerely,

Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana

 

Who to Write? Where to send email? 

From GRAMMYwatch.info, a website created specifically to address the GRAMMY category eliminations and to keep everyone abreast of what's happening with the situation:

Email can be sent to Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS (losangeles@grammy.com).

Want to have a greater impact? It is suggested on GRAMMYwatch.info that you send snail mail to:

Corporate Governance, Board of Trustees, George J. Flanigen IV - Chair of the Board, 3030 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

We need your help with this! Who are we? People like myself - a music lover & blogger and the artists in the categories affected. 

Thank you.