A year after the Recording Academy ignited a firestorm of protest in portions of the jazz and Latin communities by eliminating its Grammy Award category for Latin jazz music, the category has been reinstated.
Ten time Grammy Awards winner and guitarist Carlos Santana says the decisions made by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to slash the number of Grammy Awards it distributes from 109 to 78 were racially motivated.
Some Latin jazz musicians have filed a class-action lawsuit against the organization that gives out the Grammy Awards, accusing the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of harming them by eliminating it as a separate category in next year's awards.
Jorge Hernandez, better know as El Güero of El Güero y su Banda Centenario, is precise, if tongue-in-cheek, when he explains what duranguense - a faster, more electric variant of brass-driven banda - sounds like. "It's circus music, if you think about it," said Hernandez
As the Grammys are ditching many of its categories, some musicians wonder if the awards are short-changing America's diversity. "The fact that we have less options now for us to be represented and that there are more Latinos in this country strikes me very much as cultural insensitivity," said Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria.