We previously reported that the Rev. Jesse Jackson had hinted at a protest at this year’s Grammy Awards over the 31 category cuts, which is the most in the event’s 54-year history. Among those eliminated were several instrumental categories, traditional gospel, and Zydeco or Cajun music album, among others. Even though Jackson hasn’t made his stance clear on whether or not his protest will occur, members of the Latin jazz community have stepped forward and made it clear that they will rally against the awards show.
According to Billboard, the musicians and their fans are scheduled to protest outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 3:30-5 p.m. In addition, they’ll be playing their own show — named “Not Those Awards All-Star Latin Jazz Jam” — at Mama Juana’s in Studio City at 4 p.m. Featured acts include Ray Carrion and His Latin Jazz All Stars, Oscar Hernandez, John Santos, and Bobby Matos, all of whom have either won or were nominated for a Grammy in the past.
These musicians’ demands are that all their categories — Latin jazz and others related to their music — be reinstated by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Along with the protest, they filed a lawsuit last August for the same cause. [Billboard]