Musicians are up in arms over plans to axe 30 categories
The artists, who argue the changes were made without consulting academy members, have delivered a letter of protest to the Recording Academy.
In a letter to the president of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow, Simon wrote: “I believe the Grammys have done a disservice to many talented musicians by combining previously distinct and separate types of music into a catch-all of blurry larger categories.
“They deserve the separate Grammy acknowledgements that they’ve been afforded until this change eliminated them.”
In a separate letter, Santana added: “To remove Latin Jazz and many other ethnic categories is doing a huge disservice to the brilliant musicians who keep the music vibrant for their fans – new and old.
“We strongly protest this decision and we ask you to represent all of the colours of the rainbow when it comes to music and give ethnic music a place in the heart of music lovers everywhere.”
In response, Portnow said a members committee had been consulted, reports BBC News.
Contemporary Blues, Native American, Hawaiian and Latin Jazz are among 31 categories that are being axed from the prestigious awards show.