Paul Simon - Paul Simon And Carlos Santana Protest Grammy Shake-up
Paul Simon and Carlos Santana have joined a number of artists who are protesting the decision to cut more than 30 honours from the annual Grammy Awards.
Officials at America's Recording Academy sparked outrage after announcing plans to axe a number of prizes, including awards for Latin jazz, Hawaiian and Native American music, and merge several categories.
Simon and Santana are both backing a coalition of musicians, led by four-time Latin jazz Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria, who are fighting to reverse the decision before the 54th annual Grammys next year (12), according to the Associated Press.
Folk legend Simon has sent a letter to Grammy president Neil Portnow asking him to reconsider, writing: "I believe the Grammys have done a disservice to many talented musicians by combining previously distinct and separate types of music into a catch-all of blurry larger categories... They deserve the separate Grammy acknowledgements that they've been afforded until this change eliminated them."
Meanwhile, Santana and his musician wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, have written a joint letter to the Academy stating, "To remove Latin Jazz and many other ethnic categories is doing a huge disservice to the brilliant musicians who keep the music vibrant for their fans - new and old.
"We strongly protest this decision and we ask you to represent all of the colors of the rainbow when it comes to music and give ethnic music a place in the heart of music lovers everywhere."