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Grammy Awards Drop 31 Categories

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- The Grammy Awards show is poised to get leaner.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that as part of a restructuring, the number of categories will drop from 109 to 78. 

This doesn't mean that entire musical genres, like country or R&B, will be dropped.  Instead, certain categories are being combined, while others are being eliminated entirely.  For example, instead of having separate Best Female and Male Pop Vocal Performance categories, the two are being combined into Best Pop Solo Performance, and male and female artists will compete against one another.

Along the same lines, there won't be any more Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group or Best Pop Collaboration categories -- they're being combined into a single category called Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

There are other changes, as well.  For example, from now on, if there aren't a certain number of submissions for a certain category, it'll be dropped for that year.  If that continues for three years, the category will be scrapped for good.

Among the other categories being dropped: Best Hawaiian Music Album, Best Cajun Music Album, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, and Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

The so-called "Big Four" -- Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist -- remain untouched.

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