The nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards — presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences — were announced on Monday and Tejano artists were nowhere to be found, including in the category that mentions Tejano.
The nominees for the Best Regional Mexican Album (Including Tejano) category included two Norteño artists, two Mariachi artists and one Banda. No Tejano artists were named in a category that specifically mentions Tejano.
Best Regional Mexican Album (Including Tejano):
Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga, Mi Vicio Mas Grande
La Maquinaria Norteña, Ya Dime Adiós
Los Cojolites, Zapateando
Los Tigres Del Norte, Realidades – Deluxe Edition
Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano, Tradición, Arte Y Pasión
Tejano fans reacted to the snub via social media on Monday.
“WTH!!!! If they’re going to put “(Including Tejano)” why not include at least some Artist in the category,” Tejano music fan Sheila Armendariz posted on Facebook. “I guess that would be asking to much or don’t put in parentheses.”
“What Tejano artist…there are NONE,” Tejano musician, producer and Grammy winner Wild Bill Perkins commented on Facebook.
Some Tejano fans believe that Tejano should have its own separate category.
“I think it’s well deserved especially since it is dominated by regional Mexican stations and sales are booming. Don’t think Tejano should be included in that same category though,” Tejano music producer Hi Def Willy commented on Facebook.
The Latin Grammy Awards have two separate categories each for Regional Mexican Album of the Year and Tejano Album of the Year, but the Grammy Awards put them together in one category.
So, how do the Grammys select the nominations? According to Grammy.org, the process begins with members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Recording Academy’s voting members, all involved in the creative and technical processes of recording, then participate in (1) the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and (2) the final voting process which determines the GRAMMY winners.
What do you think? Should the Grammy continue with just one category or have two separate categories for Regional Mexican and Tejano? Leave your comment in the section below.
The Grammy Awards return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016, and will be broadcast on CBS from 7–10:30 p.m. CT. No host has been announced.