Grammys drop polka category

Bad news for Canada’s polka kings. The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards, has decided to eliminate the category for best polka album.

Walter Ostanek jokes with reporters about buying a new tuxedo after unveiling his star at his induction into the Walk of Fame along King Street

Bad news for Canada’s polka kings.

The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards, has decided to eliminate the category for best polka album.

“I don’t like to see it happen,” legendary bandleader and three-time Grammy winner Walter Ostanek said Thursday from his home in St. Catharines, Ont.

“There’s room for our music.”

Ostanek’s treks to Los Angeles have practically become an annual Grammy tradition — after all, he’s racked up more than 20 nominations (his three wins came in consecutive years, from 1992-94).

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