Since I’ve been getting a ton of queries on this subject, I figured I’d put these thoughts forth… When I had the distinct honor of hosting the Grammy pre-telecast two years running, I was acutely aware of the sheer number of categories awarded on that day. The pre-tel would go on about 3 hours- and that is before the red carpet and telecast even began! So it doesn’t surprise me at all that this culling of categories was imminent. That being said, in my own category of Best Hawaiian Album, I must say that there was a lot of negativity and infighting in my hometown among certain other nominees that unfortunately found the national stage. And that perhaps may have contributed to Hawaiian being folded in with Cajun Zydeco and Native American music as Regional Roots Category. Or not?…. But, hey, at least they chose a nice picture of me holding my Grammy. In any case, my partners Daniel Ho, Amy Ku’uleialoha Stillman and I will keep in doing what we always have, and that is to make the best music possible no matter the category!
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