The Honolulu Advertiser had an article in the paper on April 6, 2011by the Associated Press to announce that the Grammys are eliminating 31 music album award categories. This has been the biggest overhaul in the 53-year history of the Grammys.
“It ups the game in terms of what it takes to receive a Grammy and preserves the great esteem of with its held in the creative community, which is the most important element,” Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said. Basically Portnow is saying that by eliminating these categories it would make the Grammys more challenging and competitive.
Tia Carrere won this year’s Grammy for best Hawaiian music album but this Grammy category has been eliminated. Other categories that were dropped from the Grammys include best Native American album, rap performance by a duo group, etc.
Portnow pointed out that although they are getting rid of many categories, most of the categories that are being eliminated can still win in other categories, making it more challenging for artists to win. Hawaiian music could still win in the new best regional roots music category, which consists of more genres.
People in Hawai’i greatly value Hawaiian music, especially because there was a time when our ancestors could not listen or produce Hawaiian music and having the best Hawaiian music album eliminated off the Grammy’s gives me a discouraging feeling. But I am still looking forward to the Na Hoku Hanono Awards which is the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts.