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Grammys Dis Polka Music

By admin Published: June 5, 2009

As the New York Times has reported, the Grammys are dropping the best polka album category. The lack of lots of recorded polka music is being given as one reason; the Times notes that in 2006, only 20 polka albums were considered; that meant that the competitors automatically had a one in five chance of being nominated.

Another problem appears to be the domination of the category by Jimmy Sturr, who has won 18 polka Grammys (and has been a frequent performer in NE Ohio). According to the Grammy Web site, he has won the last four years in a row, and 12 of the last 15. Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Sturr here.

Polka music has been heard in my house, though not all that often. Still, here's a bit of Drew Carey and the late, great Frank Yankovic doing "Too Fat Polka."

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