A coalition of musicians is calling for a boycott of CBS as part of an effort to put pressure on the Recording Academy, which has a deal with the network to air the annual Grammys ceremony, AP reports.
The group is upset about the recent decision by the Grammys organization to cut back on the number of awards to be handed out each year.
Said Bobby Sanabria, a Grammy-nominated Latin jazz musician who is the leader of the coalition: "We will ask people to stop watching CBS, boycott their sponsors and then write them. We’re at a critical juncture."
Sanabria is accusing the Recording Academy of racism, saying the cutbacks hit ethnic music especially hard.
The story reports: “In a surprise move, the Academy announced in April that it was reducing the number of award categories from 109 to 78. While the changes involve mainstream categories such as eliminating the male and female divisions in the pop vocal category to one general field, the Academy also reduced specific categories, including some of the instrumental categories in pop, rock and country; traditional gospel; children’s spoken-word album; Zydeco or Cajun music album; best Latin jazz album; and best classical crossover album. Artists in those categories will now have to compete in more general fields, making the process more competitive.”
Sanabria says the decision was made without the knowledge of members of the Recording Academy. He is calling for a reversal of the decision.