The Grammys Become Even More Irrelevant To Rock, Hard Rock and Metal Fans

04/07/2011
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As you read this report from Gibson, consider that metal consistently outsells rap year after year and rock outsells everything!: The Grammys are slimming down for 2012. For the 54th annual awards next year, the Recording Academy is consolidating and eliminating categories bringing the total amount of awards from 109 to 78, according to Billboard.com.

One of the changes is that Best Metal Performance and Best Hard Rock Performance will be one combined category (Best Metal/Hard Rock Performance). Another is the elimination of gender-defined awards in rock, pop, R&B and country. Instead of female or male vocalist awards, there will just be solo vocalist categories.

"Every year there are changes but we've never stopped and stepped back to look at the whole thing," Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow told Billboard. "[We asked], is there an underlying infrastructure and rationale across all the awards as to how we're doing this? And what we found is, there wasn't." more on this story

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