The Recording Academy has made a partial but significant rollback this week from its 2011 decision to cut 31 Grammy Awards categories. It’s decision, made by the Board of Trustees last month and announced yesterday, added two awards and reinstated the Best Latin Jazz Album category.
The Academy’s April 2011 action spurred letters of protest, protest rallies and complaints by high-profile artists including Bill Cosby, Herbie Hancock and Paul Simon. The Latin jazz community was the most visible and vocal in its complaining, spurred on by New York drummer and educator Bobby Sanabria,
It even filed a class-action lawsuit regarding the changes. While that suit was dismissed recently, this Trustees’ decision gives many Latin jazz musicians much to smile about – and as Sanabria has said, an opportunity to focus their time and energy strictly on music again, not on the Grammy issue.