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Coalition Announces Boycott of CBS Over Grammys
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Dabei seit: 05.09.2012
usicians say Recording Academy unfairly targeted ethnic music in dropping 31
categories NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Music Writer July 02, 2011 NEW YORK (AP) --
A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academys decision
to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure,
calling for a boycott of the Grammys telecast partner, CBS, and hiring a
lawyer to explore legal action. We will www.learwatches.com/Watches-IWC/
ask people to stop watching CBS, boycott their sponsors and then write them,
said Bobby Sanabria, a Grammy-nominated Latin jazz musician and the leader of
the coalition, in an interview Wednesday night. Were at a critical juncture.
The group planned a press conference on Thursday to speak about the boycott.
A representative for the Academy didnt return requests for comment. CBS is
scheduled to broadcast the Grammys next February from Los Angeles. In a
surprise move, the Academy announced in April that it was reducing the number
of award categories from 109 to 78. While the changes involve mainstream
categories such as eliminating the male and female divisions in the pop vocal
category to one general field, the Academy also reduced specific categories,
including some of the instrumental categories in pop, rock and country;
traditional gospel; childrens spoken-word album; Zydeco or Cajun music album;
best Latin jazz album; and best classical crossover album. Artists in those
categories will now have to compete in more general fields, making the
process more competitive. Sanabria has claimed the reductions unfairly
target ethnic music and called the Academys decision racist. He has also
said the Academy made the changes without the knowledge of its members.
However, Grammy President and CEO Neil Portnow has said the changes were
properly implemented after an examination by a committee, then voted on by a
board that represented its members. Sanabria said the Academy hasnt released
minutes from its meetings regarding the changes. He said the Academy can
still reverse the cuts if enough members of its board of trustees decide to
act. But in meetings in San Francisco and New York earlier this month, he
said the Academy said the changes would remain in effect at least for the
2012 Grammys. They say, `Well, next year, well see how it goes and maybe
possibly we can readmit some of the categories, he said. Again, they
obfuscated us, insulted us. Attorney Roger Maldonado has been hired by
Sanabria to explore legal action. --- Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the music
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