Grammy Awards to be met by a protest

Oscar Hernandez, a two-time Grammy winner for Latin Jazz Albums in 2011 and 2005, joins other Latin Jazz musicians as they stage a musical picket line protest outside of a meeting of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, aka The Recording Academy, which plans to eliminate 31 categories, among them Latin Jazz, from the Awards, beginning in 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on May 26, 2011. The group claims the eliminations unfairly target ethnic music and were done without the input of the academy's thousands of members. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) MARK RALSTON

Oscar Hernandez, a two-time Grammy winner joins other Latin Jazz musicians as they stage a musical picket line protest outside of the Recording Academy on May 26, 2011, in Beverly Hills.
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(CBS) The Grammy Awards will be met by some musicians this weekend.

A rally will be held Sunday afternoon outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the location of the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Organizers expect musicians, community leaders and music fans to attend.

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The protest will be followed by a concert, dubbed "The Not Those Awards All-Star Latin Jazz Jam," at a night club with two-time Grammy winner Oscar Hernandez, John Santos and Bobby Matos.

It all stems back to April when the Recording Academy announced it would eliminate 31 categories from the 2012 Grammys, noting the move would maintain "the prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music." Among the categories eliminated were Latin jazz, zydeco, traditional blues, American Indian and gospel music. At the time, Paul Simon and Carlos Santana were among the dozens of artists who spoke out against the decision.

But now some artists are taking it a step further. Latin jazz musician Bobby Matos, who's also the spokesperson for the Grammy Watch Group, said, "We are holding this concert to remind music fans about all the great music that has been eliminated from the Grammy. To paraphrase what Frank Sinatra said at the first Grammy Awards in 1959, 'Remember, the awards are about excellence, not popularity.'"

CBSNews.com recently asked Latin and Christian pop singer Jaci Valesquez what she thought about the elimination of Grammy categories.

"It does make me sad to not honor those that have dedicated their lives to music -- to not have a category for them is kind of unfair," said the one-time Grammy-nominated artist. "But I also do understand that they have to make room for what works ... they have to dedicate the most time to what people gravitate to in the masses."

And that's exactly what Grammy organizers are doing. This year, the awards ceremony will highlight dance and electronic music, with a performance by deadmau5 and David Guetta.

Tell us: What do you think about the category elimination?

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