When the Recording Academy consolidated last year's Grammy nominations by eliminating 31 categories in R&B, American roots music, classical, Latin, jazz, country, pop and rock fields, the changes felt out of key for some musicians.
There were grumblings, protests, petitions and a group of Latin jazz artists even filed a class action lawsuit to contest the restructuring, which brought the total number of categories down to 78 from 109.
This year, the Recording Academy has added three new categories to previously scaled back fields with the addition of awards for classical compendium, Latin jazz album and urban contemporary album.
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow told The Times that the rule changes, announced in 2011, were critical because the number of trophies had ballooned unreasonably. Amid the controversy, he suggested that the issue would be reexamined again. The new categories were added after the academy's board of trustees met this spring.