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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Grammy Categories Cuts

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    A lawsuit filed against the Recording Academy over its decision to trim the Grammy Award categories from 109 to 78 has been dismissed by a judge in New York.
      The motion last week by New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing granted the Academy's motion to reject a lawsuit brought by Grammy-nominated jazz musician Bobby Sanabria and three others. 
     Sanabria had been the loudest opponent of the Academy's decision last year to reduce its categories and fold some genres into larger fields.

   Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow says he's gratified by the court's decision.In his lawsuit, Sanabria accused the Academy of not following the proper procedures to implement the changes, and demanded that the best Latin jazz category be reinstated, saying the removal had a detrimental effect on the musicians' careers by taking away the Latin jazz category specifically.
   Sanabria on Sunday held out the possibility of an appeal, and said he was waiting to see the judge's official ruling.