Rev. Jesse Jackson Threatens to Occupy Grammys

The civil rights activist is against the recent cuts in award categories at the Grammys

By Sandra Torres
|  Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:36 AM CDT
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Rev. Jesse Jackson has warned Grammy Awards organizers about possible protests at this year's event.

The civil rights leader sent a letter to the head of the Academy asking to meet and discuss the decision to cut almost one-third of the award categories this year, according to the New York Times.

If the talks don't go well, the Reverend has threatened to hold protests at the event on Feb. 12, according to the Associated Press.

Back in April, the Recording Academy eliminated 31 of the 109 categories from the event, including awards for genres like Latin Jazz and Zydeco.

Jackson told the Associated Press he doesn't want confrontation, but rather cooperation.

Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of the Academy, said the organization is willing to meet with Jackson.

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