Grammy bosses bring back Best Latin Jazz Album category
Grammy Awards bosses have reinstated the Best Latin Jazz Album category for the 2013 prizegiving after omitting the trophy this year, amid protests from musicians.
Activists gathered outside the Los Angeles home of the Grammy Awards in February to protest Recording Academy officials' decision to scrap a handful of categories, insisting some were vital to global music.
And it appears the protests have had the desired effect - Grammy bosses have agreed to add another three awards to the ceremony next year.
Next year's event will feature 81 categories instead of 78.
The three new entries include the reinstatement of the Best Latin Jazz Album prize, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Classical Compendium.
The Grammy bosses chose to overhaul the prizegiving in 2011 to bring the number of categories well below the 100-plus it once offered.
One group of musicians filed a lawsuit against Recording Academy officials following the changes, claiming the overhaul was illegal. The case was dismissed in April. Part of the class-action lawsuit called for the reinstatement of the Best Latin Jazz Album award.
Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow tells the Associated Press, "I don't hold anything against the Latin jazz community for the passion that they have for their music. The community put a good proposal together this year, and we see the results of that."
The 55th Grammy Awards will be held on 10 February.
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