Now the AFM is striking back.
A petition has formed at GrammyWatch.org to reinstate the categories. Here is the AMF argument, in a nutshell: How can you lump so many different genres reflecting so many indigenous people, styles, histories and regions into one category? How can someone listen to Cedric Watson and compare his work to Hawaiian singer Auntie Geri Huhia to any degree of authentic comparative basis?
The NARAS argument is that with so little competition in each category, why keep the categories separate? Why not make it more of a competition if each entry is so strong on its own?
So far AMF has Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and as of the morning of this writing Bill Cosby on its side that the categories should be reinstated. Other notables are signing on every day.
What do you think? If you support the petition, click here to sign it. If you don’t, feel free to leave a comment below.