Grammys add changes to jazz, Latin, R&B fields

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NEW YORK -- A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album

The Recording Academy announced Friday in a statement to The Associated Press that the upcoming Grammys will feature 81 categories.

It reduced the number from 109 to 78 last year.   

New entries include awards for best urban contemporary album and best classical compendium.

An award in the Latin category was split into two categories, while two other Latin awards were combined.

The Academy shook up the music industry when it announced in April 2011 that it would downsize its categories to make the awards more competitive.

The lawsuit filed by Latin Jazz musicians was dismissed last April.

The Associated Press

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