Latin Jazz Musicians Rally Against Trimmed-Down Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A decision to cut dozens of categories from next year’s Grammy Awards is met by a musicians’ protest in Beverly Hills.

KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens reports some of the biggest names in the industry swarmed the Beverly Hilton to voice their opposition to the move.

Grammy winner Oscar Hernandez, Pete Escovedo, and Bobby Matos were among the demonstrators protesting the elimination of Latin jazz and thirty other music categories.

“These are important categories that reflect the multiculturalism and diversity of our American society,” said Motose, a Latin jazz recording artist & performer.

In a statement, Grammy president Neil Portnow said the changes will affect next year’s Grammys, and urged those opposed to the cuts to work with the academy to examine the impact of the changes on the 2013 awards.

Matose says that’s not good enough.

“If I’m told there’s no category for my music, it’s going to disappear off the radio, the public will think it doesn’t exist, and why should they come out and support a Latin jazz artist,” said Matose.

  • Villaraigosa is a rat!

    Pete Escovedo rocks!

    So does Sheila! Hits it like no other. The drum that is

  • Jazz Lover

    It is such a shame that the Academy would eliminate the Latin Jazz category from the Grammy Awards.

    Latin Jazz, in fact Latin music has influenced our American jazz and popular music. I grew up listening to Willie Bobo and Tito Puente, danced to the Village Callers swooned to Jose Feliciano singing Light My Fire and cried when he sang California Dreaming. Anyone familiar with the group War cannot deny the Latin influence on American music.

    Where would American music be without Xavier Cugat, Santana, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente, Willie Bobo, Sergio Mendez and Antonio Carlos Jobim?

    This list is but a meager drop in a giant barrel of the great Latin talent the world of which the world would be denied knowledge of their existence and the musicians denied recognition of their contribution to Jazz if their category is eliminated from the Grammy Awards.

    Latin music is woven in the fabric of American culture and to eliminate the Latin Jazz category from the Awards would be analogous to cutting out an colorful and vibrant panel of our musical quilt.

  • Jazz Lover

    To add to my previous comment, I haven’t watched the Grammy Awards Ceremony in years because it has become a popularity and sales contest rather than the recognition of talent.

  • Everyday Guy

    Great, a leaf blower symphony.

  • mister s

    @Jazz Lover- I haven’t watched in years either for the same reason and these new catagory eliminations will only serve to worsen the problem. What we will end up seeing now is artist from the same one or two catagories winning year after year after year……. simply because thats what the majority of voting members listen to. Im guessing country and indie rock will now dominate every awards show with no recognition paid to genres not favored by the voting committee.

  • Everyday Guy

    All kidding aside from my previous comment, why would they do this?

  • Bobby Matos

    Hey, please spell my name right.MATOS

    Bobby Matos

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