Grammys list shortened
By John P. McLaughlin
Among the 31 categories either collapsed together or eliminated entirely are Hawaiian, Native American and Cajun-Zydeco, which will all merge as regional roots, while contemporary and traditional blues are now just blues. Latin-music categories were especially hard-hit, going from seven categories to four, with Latin jazz dropped entirely.
"Why do they cut only this music? Why not other music?" asked Santana, who performs in Calgary at the Saddledome Aug. 29.
"I think they're racist. Period. I do. First of all, we have so many categories of country and western. Country and western people have seven to nine to 10 (awards) shows a year, and you seldom see Negroes or Latin people. You can't eliminate black gospel music or Hawaiian music or American Indian music or Latin jazz music, because all this music represents what the United States is: a social experiment."