Grammys cuts 31 categories, but reggae remains

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In a major Grammys overhaul, organisers of the music industry's top awards said
on Wednesday they would slash the number of categories to 78 from 109
for next year's ceremony. However, fans of reggae music can rest comfortably
that the Best Reggae Album category remains on the list of 78.
Many existing categories will be merged, while some will be dropped outright
with contenders from different musical genres required to compete in new,
all-purpose categories.
The top awards -- album, record and song of the year, and best new artist --
will remain untouched.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said the changes followed discussions
that involved "some pretty passionate discomfort" and would be "a little
unsettling" to some musicians.
The R&B field suffered one of the biggest cuts, with the number of awards halved
to four. The three R&B vocal performance awards for males, females and groups
have been merged into a single R&B performance award.
The Recording Academy's Vice President of Awards, Bill Freimuth, said some of
the R&B categories had not received many submissions in years past.
Among other changes, the separate awards for male and female vocal performance
will now be combined into a new pop solo performance category.
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