The classical division of the Grammy Awards has suffered as much as any by the reduction in categories this year from 109 to 78. Where there used to be 11 classical awards , there are now just seven. Grammy bloat has, of course, been an issue for some time. But merging Best Instrumental Soloist Performance With Orchestra and Best Instrumental Soloist Performance Without Orchestra into Best Classical Instrumental Solo means that recitals now have to compete with concerto performances.
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