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Carlos Santana calls Grammy awards “racist”

ANGER: Carlos Santana blasts Grammy award cuts

MUSICIAN CARLOS Santana has declared that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences cut to certain Grammy Awards had racist motivations.

The Mexican guitarist reportedly claimed that the announced closures were closely associated with either black or Latino music.

Some of the 31 eliminated categories include five R&B categories including best R&B female, best R&B male, best urban alternative performance and best contemporary R&B album.

Latin-music categories were also hard-hit, reportedly going from seven categories to four.

Maria Maria hit-maker, Santana said to calgaryherald.com: “Why do they cut only this music? Why not other music? I think they’re racist. Period. I do. First of all, we have so many categories of country and western. Country and western people have seven to nine to 10 (awards) shows a year, and you seldom see Negroes or Latin people.”

“You can’t eliminate black gospel music or Hawaiian music or American Indian music or Latin jazz music, because all this music represents what the United States is: a social experiment,” he said.

He added: “They didn’t even tell other members, only certain people voted, overnight. A lot of people didn’t know this had passed. Quincy Jones didn’t know, Herbie Hancock didn’t know.”

The 54th Grammy Awards will air Feb. 12, 2012, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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