Grammy Award for Best Polka Album

Last updated
Grammy Award for Best Polka Album
Awarded forQuality polka albums
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1986
Last awarded2008
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Polka Album was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] to recording artists for quality polka albums. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. The polka remains a popular folk music genre in many European countries, and is performed by folk artists in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Croatia and Finland, and to a lesser extent in Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, Romania, Belarus, Russia, and Slovakia. Local varieties of this dance are also found in the Nordic countries, Spain's Basque Country, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and the United States.

Contents

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Polka Recording, the award was first presented to Frankie Yankovic in 1986. Previously, polka recordings had been placed in the folk category. [3] While neither Billboard nor the Recording Industry Association of America tracked polka sales at the time the award category was introduced, polka musicians viewed its inclusion as a sign of respect and increasing popularity. [3] [4] In 1987, a tie vote resulted in awards being presented to Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra for the album I Remember Warsaw as well as to Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones for the album Another Polka Celebration . In 1992, the name of the category was changed to Best Polka Album. Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. The Academy retired the award category in 2009 to remain "relevant and responsive" to the music community. [5] [6]

Frankie Yankovic Slovenian-American musician

Frank John "Frankie" Yankovic was an American accordion player and polka musician. Known as "America's Polka King," Yankovic was considered the premier artist to play in the Slovenian style during his long career. He is not related to fellow accordionist "Weird Al" Yankovic, although the two have collaborated.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Recording Industry Association of America Trade organization representing the recording industry in the U.S.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA says "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States." The RIAA headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

Sturr holds the record for the most wins in this category, with a total of eighteen (including six as the leader of the group known as Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra). Sturr also holds the record for the most consecutive Grammy wins. [7] Walter Ostanek received the award three times consecutively, and the band Brave Combo was presented the award twice. [8] American artists were presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it was presented to Ostanek and his band from Canada three times. Lenny Gomulka holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with twelve.

Walter Ostanek Canadian musician

Ladislav John "Walter" Ostanek, CM is a Canadian musician. He is known as "Canada's Polka King." He has received twenty-one nominations for Grammy Awards and won three.

Brave Combo polka/rock/worldbeat band based in Denton, Texas

Brave Combo is a polka/rock/worldbeat band based in Denton, Texas. Founded in 1979 by guitarist/keyboardist/accordionist Carl Finch, they have been a prominent fixture in the Texas music scene for more than thirty-five years. Their music, both originals and covers, incorporates a number of dance styles, mostly polka, but also some Latin American and Caribbean styles like norteño, salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha, choro, samba, two-step, cumbia, charanga, merengue, ska, etc.

Lenny Gomulka is an American musician, singer, bandleader, composer, and publisher. One of his bands Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push, specializes primarily in Polish-style and Chicago-style polkas. Gomulka has also collaborated numerous times with Jimmy Sturr and others.

Recipients

Three-time award winner Walter Ostanek in 2011 Walter Ostanek in 2011.jpg
Three-time award winner Walter Ostanek in 2011
Members of the two-time award-winning band Brave Combo Brave Combo 01.jpg
Members of the two-time award-winning band Brave Combo
*
Indicates a joint award for that year
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1986 Frankie Yankovic 70 Years of Hits
  • Brass Release – Brass with Class
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – Polka Fireworks
  • Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push – Simply Polkamentary
  • Li'l Wally and Orchestra – Polskie Czucie, Polish Feelings
[3]
[4]
1987* Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra I Remember Warsaw
[9]
1987* Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones Another Polka Celebration
[9]
1988 Jimmy Sturr A Polka Just for Me
[10]
1989 Jimmy Sturr Born to Polka
  • Jimmy Weber and the Sounds – Sounds from a Polka Party
  • Lenny Gomulka's Chicago Push – Join the Polka Generation
  • Stas Bulanda's Average Polka Band – Let's Have a Party
  • Walter Ostanek and His Band – All Aboard It's Polka Time
[11]
1990 Jimmy Sturr All in My Love for You
  • Gene Mendalski and the G-Men – Moldie Oldie Golden Goodies
  • Gordon Hartmann – Polkaholic
  • Penn Ohio Polka Pals – Penn Ohio Polka Pals Souvenir Edition
  • Walter Ostanek and His Band – Any Time is Polka Time
[12]
1991 Jimmy Sturr When It's Polka Time at Your House
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – Everybody Polka
  • Jimmy Weber and the Sounds – Sounds from the Heart
  • Polka Family Band – Fiddle Faddle
  • Toledo Polkamotion – Grand Illusion
[13]
1992 Jimmy Sturr Live at Gilley's!
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – All Around the World
  • Walter OstanekA Wonderful World of Polkas and Waltzs
  • Polka Family Band – We Are Family
  • The Dynatones – When the Band Plays a Polka
[14]
1993 Walter Ostanek and His Band 35th Anniversary
  • Dick Tady Orchestra – Happy Polka Days
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – All American Country Flavored Polkas
  • Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push – Where Were You Back Then?
  • Jimmy SturrSturr-It-Up
[15]
1994 Walter Ostanek and His Band Accordionally Yours
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – A New Batch of Polkas
  • Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra – Saturday Night Polka
  • Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push – Most Requested Hits
  • Polka Family Band – Polka Music Fan
[16]
1995 Walter Ostanek Band Music and Friends
[17]
1996 Jimmy Sturr I Love to Polka
[18]
1997 Jimmy Sturr Polka! All Night Long
[19]
1998 Jimmy Sturr Living on Polka Time
[20]
1999 Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Dance with Me
[21]
2000 Brave Combo Polkasonic
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – Smokin' Polkas
  • John Gora and Gorale – Follow Me
  • Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra – Polkapalooza
  • Walter OstanekYearning for Polkas and Waltzes
[22]
2001 Jimmy Sturr Touched by a Polka
[23]
2002 Jimmy Sturr Gone Polka
[24]
2003 Jimmy Sturr Top of the World
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – My Father's Shoes
  • Jerry Darlak and the Touch – Let the Good Times Roll
  • LynnMarie – The Polka Record
  • Walter Ostanek and His Band – Good Time Polkas and Waltzes
[25]
2004 Jimmy Sturr Let's Polka 'Round
  • Dennis Polisky and the Maestro's Men – Strike Up the Band
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – Versalicious!
  • Jerry Darlak and the Touch – Polkas in Black and White
  • LynnMarie – LynnMarie and the Boxhounds
  • Walter Ostanek and Bob Kravos – Just for You
[26]
2005 Brave Combo Let's Kiss: 25th Anniversary Album
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – Highways & Dancehalls
  • John Gora and Gorale – Pangora's Box
  • Henny and the Versa J's – Come on Over
  • Walter Ostanek and Gaylord Klancnik – Polkas United
[27]
2006 Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Shake, Rattle and Polka!
  • Del Sinchak Band – Polka Pizzazz
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones – Under the Influence
  • Walter Ostanek and Ron Sluga – Time Out for Polkas and Waltzes
  • Kevin Solecki – Solecktions
[28]
2007 Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Polka in Paradise [29]
2008 Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Come Share the Wine [30]
2009 Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Let the Whole World Sing
  • Paulino BernalEl Maestro del Acordeón y Sus Polkas
  • LynnMarie and Charlie Kelley as the Boxhounds – Speechless
  • Walter Ostanek and His Band, Jerry Darlak and The Touch, and Bob Kravos and His Band – Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas
  • Polka Family Band – Hungry for More
[31]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

Category retirement

In 2009, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the retirement of the award category. President and CEO Neil Portnow stated that the Academy needed to do so in order to remain a "relevant and responsive" organization within a "dynamic music community". [5] Polka musicians and fans were disappointed with the category elimination. [32] Three-time award winner Walter Ostanek admitted he "[felt] sorry for the future artists" that would fail to be recognized by the Academy. [5] Carl Finch of the group Brave Combo stated the following: "Having a polka category was the most important step to legitimacy that we could ever hope to achieve. To have that taken away, it's like it was all for nothing." [33] Apart from ensuring that the "awards process remains representative of the current musical landscape", the Academy cited dwindling competition as one reason for the category retirement. [33] Others speculated that Jimmy Sturr's eighteen wins led to the elimination. [32] [34] Due to the elimination of a polka-specific category, polka musicians are likely to submit recordings in the folk and world music categories. [3] [32] [34]

Neil Portnow American music executive

Neil R. Portnow is the president of The Recording Academy. Portnow was formerly the vice-president of the West Coast division of Jive Records.

Carl Finch American musician

Carl Finch is a guitarist, keyboardist, accordionist, vocalist, songwriter, and record producer who co-founded the Grammy-winning polka/dance band Brave Combo in 1979 in Denton, Texas.

World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe. It includes many forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, folk music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition, such as non-Western music and Western popular music, intermingle.

In 2011, the Grammy Award organization announced a major overhaul of Grammy categories, lowering the number of awards from over 120 to just 78. Several regional American roots genres, such as Hawaiian music or Native American music, were combined in the new Best Regional Roots Music Album category, for which polka albums would also be eligible. [35] [36]

See also

Related Research Articles

The Grammy Award for Song of the Year is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. The Song of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

The Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement in comedy." The award was awarded yearly from 1959 to 1993 and then from 2004 to present day. There have been several minor changes to the name of the award over this time:

The Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1985 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works in the reggae music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums with rapping at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Country Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality albums in the country music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to male recording artists for works containing quality vocal performances in the rock music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works containing quality vocal performances in the rock music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to female recording artists for works containing quality vocal performances in the rock music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal was awarded between 1980 and 2011.

The Grammy Award for Best R&B Song has been awarded since 1969. From 1969 to 2000 it was known as the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Song. The award is given to the songwriter(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s). Beyoncé has won it a record four times, while Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Alicia Keys have three wins each.

The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance was an award presented to recording artists at the Grammy Awards until 2011.

The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works containing quality "spoken word" performances aimed at children. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position."

The Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works in the bluegrass music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works containing quality contemporary jazz performances. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album was an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the Mexican music genre at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for releasing albums in the Latin rock, alternative or urban genres. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality instrumental albums in the pop music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance is an accolade presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally named the Gramophone Awards, to performers of quality traditional R&B vocal performances. The award was first given in 1999; until 2003, only albums were nominated, now just singles or tracks are. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position."

The Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for releasing albums in the tropical latin musicgenres. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

References

General

Specific

  1. "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times . Tribune Company. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Smith, Wes (January 11, 1986). "'Polka Power' takes its spot in the race for the Grammies". The Spokesman-Review . Spokane, Washington: Cowles Publishing Company . Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  4. 1 2 "New Grammy should help win respect for lowly polka". The Telegraph . Nashua, New Hampshire: Telegraph Publishing Company. February 10, 1986. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 "Grammy board axes polka category to stay 'relevant and responsive'". CBC News. June 4, 2009. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  6. Sisario, Ben (June 5, 2009). "Polka Music Is Eliminated as Grammy Award Category". The New York Times . The New York Times Company. p. C5. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  7. Amos, Shawn (January 27, 2010). "Grammy Week: What You Don't Know About the Grammys". The Huffington Post . Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  8. Sisario, Ben (February 5, 2006). "The Polka King Rolls Out the Barrel for the 19th Time". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  9. 1 2 "Preferred picks for Tuesday's Grammy awards". Ottawa Citizen . February 21, 1987. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  10. Swartz, Kirsten Lee (January 16, 1988). "Walt Groller Honored By Grammy Nomination". The Morning Call . Allentown, Pennsylvania: Tribune Company. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  11. "Complete list of Grammy nominees". Times-News . Hendersonville, North Carolina. 114 (13): 14. January 13, 1989. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  12. "Here's list of nominees from all 77 categories". Deseret News . Deseret News Publishing Company. January 12, 1990. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  13. "List of Grammy Awards nominations". Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina: The New York Times Company. January 11, 1991. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  14. Campbell, Mary (January 9, 1992). "R.E.M., Raitt tops in Grammy nominations". The Tuscaloosa News . The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  15. "The 35th Grammy Awards Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 8, 1993. p. 8. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  16. "Hundreds Nominated For Grammys". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. January 10, 1994. p. 5. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  17. "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 6, 1995. p. 7. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  18. "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Archived from the original on December 7, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  19. Campbell, Mary (January 8, 1997). "Babyface is up for 12 Grammy awards". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Journal Communications . Retrieved July 19, 2010.[ permanent dead link ]
  20. "1997 Grammy Nominees". Orlando Sentinel . Tribune Company. January 9, 1998. p. 6. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  21. "Academy's Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 6, 1999. p. 8. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  22. "And the nominees are..." USA Today . Gannett Company. February 22, 2000. Archived from the original on July 8, 2001. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  23. Boucher, Geoff (January 4, 2001). "Grammys Cast a Wider Net Than Usual". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. p. 10. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  24. "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Archived from the original on October 10, 2003. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  25. "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23". San Francisco Chronicle . January 8, 2003. p. 4. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  26. "Complete list of Grammy nominations". The Seattle Times . The Seattle Times Company. December 5, 2003. Archived from the original on December 4, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  27. Machosky, Michael (February 13, 2005). "White Oak family hopes Grammy will 'Come on Over'". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . Tribune-Review Publishing Company. Archived from the original on November 3, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  28. "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 8, 2005. p. 4. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  29. "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on December 20, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  30. "50th annual Grammy Awards nominations (part II)". Variety . Reed Business Information. December 6, 2007. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  31. Conner, Thomas (December 3, 2008). "Complete list of Grammy nominees". Chicago Sun-Times . Sun-Times Media Group. Archived from the original on February 8, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  32. 1 2 3 Rogers, John (June 5, 2009). "No more polka album Grammys for Jimmy Sturr". The Guardian . Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on October 19, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  33. 1 2 Sisario, Ben (June 4, 2009). "Polka Music Is Eliminated as Grammy Award Category". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  34. 1 2 Patch, Nick (June 4, 2009). "Sad day for Ostanek as Grammys drop polka". Toronto Star . Torstar. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  35. "The Recording Academy Continues Evolution of Grammy Awards Process". The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  36. Chun, Gary (April 6, 2011). "Grammys: Hawaiian category dropped". Honolulu Star-Advertiser . Honolulu, Hawaii: Oahu Publications. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2011.