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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

GRAMMY WATCH! BY SARAH BISCONTE - Musicans Call Out Elimination of Grammy Award Categories as Racist

UPDATE, FEB, 6, 1:56 P.M.:, which has its own petition in circulation, are joining forces in calling for a protest this Saturday over the slashing of Grammy Award categories.

The Facebook page for the protest, which encourages supporters to bring their instruments, reads:

Come Support Musicians- Blues, Mexican, Latin Jazz, Gospel, Cajun, Native American, Hawaiian, others- fighting for music justice!

Join us in sending a message to Grammy President, Neil Portnow and the Grammy Board and Demand that they Reinstate the Musical Categories now! 
The action is being called for from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, with folks gathering at the corner of S. Figueroa and W. Pico Blvd. in Downtown Los Angeles. Greg Esparza, vocalist with Chicano soul band Thee Midnighters, has already stated his intention to attend. Later that day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. is an Alternative Grammy Party scheduled to take place at Mama Juana's Latin Lounge in Studio City.

Activists invite people to come and listen to the very music the Grammys are set to stop formally recognizing. 

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Publicist: Sarah Bisconte via email:

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