Santa Monica, CA (June 5, 2009)–The Recording Academy has restructured the Grammy Awards categories for 2010 and announced new appointments to the board of trustees.
Due to the increasing growth of traditional music, the Academy has split the category Best Contemporary Folk/Americana into two categories: Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Americana Album. Additionally, the Folk Field has been renamed American Roots Music, which will now include the Best Traditional Blues Album, Best Contemporary Blues Album and Best Bluegrass Album categories.
In the Latin Field, the Best Latin Urban Album will now be combined with Latin Rock or Alternative into Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album.
To ensure the awards process remains representative of the current musical landscape, the Best Polka Album has been eliminated.
This restructuring brings the total number of Grammy categories that will be recognized in January 2010 to 109.
Award-winning music video director/producer George Flanigen was elected chair of the board of trustees, music supervisor/composer/film music executive Doug Frank was elected vice chair, and engineer/producer Glenn Lorbecki was elected secretary/treasurer at its annual spring Trustees meeting. Outgoing chair of the Board and five-time Grammy winner Jimmy Jam will become chair emeritus.
Flanigen served as the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter president from 2006-2008 and governor from 1999-2006. He is co-owner of Deaton Flanigen Productions Inc., an award-winning, full-service film production company based in Nashville.
Frank, president of music operations for Warner Bros. Pictures, has served as trustee for The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter from 2004-2009 and Governor from 2000-2004. At WB Pictures, he is involved in all aspects of music ranging from the score to the soundtrack album.
Glenn Lorbecki is president/CEO of Glenn Sound, a multi-room music/audio post-production facility in Seattle. He served as chapter president of The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter from 2001-2003, trustee from 2003-2008 and as co-chair of the Producers & Engineers Wing from 2004-2009.
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