No, I didn’t watch. But I discovered that the powers that be eliminated a whole bunch of categories. There are now 20 award categories in Pop, Dance, Rock, R&B, and Rap, a quarter of the total. Jazz has four, down from 11; Latin went from 16 to four; classical 15 to seven. The Latin four are Pop,Rock or Urban; Regional Mexican or Tejano, Banda or Norteño, and something called “Tropical” which apparently covers Brazil, Cuba and everything else: one winner for half a hemisphere that’s produced a completely disproportionate share of the best music in the world, and more really different kinds of same as those 20 commercial American categories. Chucho Valdès has to go up against Nina Becker? Come on! No, there’s no Latin jazz slot.
It is completely ridiculous, art appreciation by deaf people looking in a cash register and, I believe, a symptom of the general collapse of a functioning market for music in a digital age.