A year after the Grammys cut 31 categories from the ceremony, the organization has decided to reinstate a Latin Jazz category as well as adding two new ones.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced they will reestablish the award for Best Latin Jazz album after widespread protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians following the award’s elimination. The show will also include categories for Best Urban Contemporary Album (for R&B albums with pop or rock elements) and Best Classical Compendium (for albums “involving a mixture of classical subgenres”).
“Every year we want to look at these objectively and make a good musical decision and not be influenced by politics and pressure,” NARAS CEO Neil Portnow said. “I will say it’s incredibly unfortunate that a very small group chose to voice their discontent with a lawsuit that had no basis… Not only is it distracting from a time standpoint, but it costs a great deal of money to have to defend something that we knew was completely defensiveable.”
The Grammys will now include 81 categories, up from the previous 78. The original cut, announced in April of last year, eliminated categories in an effort to make the awards more competitive, according to Billboard.