The Academy’s board of trustees is due to meet in May to consider last year’s other changes and other matters involving the Grammys. However, Portnow said it is unlikely they will reverse the cuts made last year.
“This year, I think the review will be a little more micro than macro,” he said. “Overall, I would anticipate that the overall structure would remain the same.”
Sanabria was hopeful the board, which he said consists of new members sympathetic to his coalition’s cause, might restore the categories. If not, Sanabria seemed prepared to continue the fight, which he said was for the good of the Academy.
“In families, there is always conflict,” he said. “We love the Academy, and that’s why we’re fighting for this.”