The Recording Academy has now been bestowing GRAMMY Awards for 53 years. The awards have grown from 28 categories in 1959 to 109 categories for the most recent 53rd GRAMMYs. While this growth springs from the tradition of honoring specific genres/subgenres within the field, it has been approached one category at a time without a comprehensive current vision guiding this growth. The result has been more of a collage with very little consistency among the various genre Fields.
In early 2009, The Academy embarked on its first-ever comprehensive evaluation of the GRAMMY Awards structure and process. A great deal of research, discussion, and evaluation led to a call for change, embracing the idea that a transformation of the entire awards structure would ensure that each genre would be treated in parity to others.