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Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Santana’

Musicians Protest Outside Grammy Awards Over Ethnic Category Eliminations

Thirty-one categories were cut from the Grammy awards this year, mostly in Ethnic music fields, and the affected artists are fighting back. A petition to reinstate the axed categories, which include Latin jazz, Native American, Hawaiian, regional Mexican, Zydeco & Cajun music, has over six thousand signatures. Artists including Paul Simon and Carlos Santana have openly criticized the cuts. And then there was Sunday night’s protest. From Billboard:

About 70 artists and their supporters took to the streets near the Staples Center while the Grammy pre-telecast was taking place. After the demonstration the group was scheduled to perform at a showcase at Mama Juana’s nightclub in Studio City as a way to celebrate their music, show unity and send a message to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) that rallying will continue to bring back the categories.

At a recent Grammy event, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa expressed sympathy for the protestors. “I understand that what people are looking for is inclusion,” Villaraigosa said. “We’ve got to celebrate that.”

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Memo to Storage Unit Thief: You’ve Got Pete Sampras’ Stuff

Surely, once the illicit new owner(s) of this batch of stolen merchandise reads Bill Dwyre’s LA Times column, this blog mention or any of the other online media pick-ups, he-she-they will come to their senses and return what amounts to the bulk of tennis great Pete Sampras’ legacy.

The good news is that only one of Pete’s 14 Grand Slam title trophies was in the West Hollywood storage facility burglarized before Thanksgiving. The bad news is that almost everything else was.

“I was like, ‘What?’” Sampras said. “I thought there were security cameras. I thought these things were locked up tight. I was shocked.”

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