The Recording Academy will reduce by one the number of Grammys handed out in January.
The polka album nod has been eliminated. In addition, the Recording Academy split contemporary folk/Americana into two categories, contemporary folk album and Americana album, while Latin urban album will merge with Latin rock or alternative into a Latin rock, alternative or urban album category.
When all is said and done, the total number of gold-plated trophies to be handed out Jan. 31 will be 109.
Meanwhile, at the Recording Acad’s annual spring trustees confab, musicvid director-producer George Flanigen was elected chair of the board of trustees, music supervisor-composer-film music exec Doug Frank was elected vice chair, and engineer-producer Glenn Lorbecki was elected secretary-treasurer. Previous chairman of the board Jimmy Jam takes on the title chair emeritus.