After this years Grammy Awards show was criticized by the fans and many in the music industry including executive Steve Stoute in his open letter to the board earlier this year, it was announced yesterday that the Grammy’s were making several drastic changes to the award show structure. In reaction to the changes, the.LIFE Files obtained an exclusive statement from Stoute:
“I’m glad for the artist community that my open letter has brought to light many issues facing the Grammy’s and their current process which at times fails. As we continue our discussions I expect to see more modifications that clearly reward and acknowledge the artists that truly deserve the prestigious award.”
Find out what some of the changes will be to next years award show after the jump.
In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards’ 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be immediate as next year’s 54th annual Grammy Awards will have only 78 categories, 31 fewer than presented at the 53rd ceremony held in February.
The most noticeable changes are in the stripping of gender-based categories in pop, R&B, rock and country. There will no longer be separate awards for male or female vocals, simply an award in each genre for a single “solo performance.” Several instrumental categories have been eliminated as well.
They were taken to task soon after this year’s telecast when longtime marketing and music executive Steve Stoute called the show “a series of hypocrisies and contradictions” in a full-page ad in the New York Times. After meeting several days later, Stoute and Portnow issued a joint statement saying they would discuss how the Recording Academy could evolve “in an ever-changing cultural environment.”