Grammy Award changes affect classical, jazz categories


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On Wednesday, the Recording Academy announced major changes to the annual Grammy Awards, reducing the number of categories from 109 at the last awards show to 78. Among those changes are consolidations in the classical and jazz fields.

For classical music, the Grammys will feature a new category called best classical instrumental solo, which replaces two previous categories that covered solo instrumental performances with and without orchestra. The category called best small ensemble performance will absorb the best chamber music category.


The category known as best classical vocal performance will now be called best classical vocal solo.

For jazz, the academy has created a new category called best jazz instrumental album that replaces three previous categories -- best contemporary jazz album, best Latin jazz album and best jazz instrumental album, individual or group.

The category known as best jazz vocal album will absorb some of the submissions from the best Latin jazz album category.


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