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|Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance|
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The Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (from 2013: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) has been awarded since 1997. In its early years, its title included the addition "(with or without a conductor)".
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.
In 1991 the Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance also included small ensemble performances.
The Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance has been awarded since 1959. The award has had several minor name changes:
In 2012 the category was combined with the Best Chamber Music Performance category.
The restructuring of these categories was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards. According to the Academy, "the Chamber category was folded into the Small Ensemble category, the only distinction having been the number of players in the group (Chamber being smaller), and the fact that Small Ensemble recording could, though not necessarily, employ a conductor."In the new structure, recordings are eligible if the ensemble contains 24 or fewer members, not including the conductor. There is one award for the ensemble and one for the conductor, if applicable.
In 2013, the category was renamed as Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.
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