Grammy organizers announced today that they will slash the number of Grammy Awards next year in an effort to streamline the awards, Reuters reported.
The number of categories will be cut from 109 this year to 78 in 2012, the story reports.
While the biggest categories–album, record and song of the year and best new artist–remain intact, changes include combining the awards for male and female vocal performance; adding a new category, rock performance, in place of separate categories for rock solo vocal performance and rock performance by a duo or group with vocals; and combining the metal and hard rock categories.
Instrumental categories in pop, rock and country are being dropped. The R&B awards are being cut back significantly, while the Hawaiian, Native American and Zydeco or Cajun categories have been abandoned in favor of the new category regional roots music album.