Polka king 'sad' his Grammy category was axed
CTV.ca News Staff
Published Friday, June 5, 2009 9:40AM EDT
Canadian polka king Walter Ostanek says he's sad the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards, has decided to eliminate the best polka album category.
During his 50-year career, Ostanek has been nominated for 21 Grammys, of which he won three. All three wins came in consecutive years, between 1992-94.
"I feel sad but... I've had a great run," Ostanek told CTV's Canada AM on Friday.
"I've received all kinds of great awards."
In a statement, the Academy said the category was cut to "ensure the awards process remains representative of the current musical landscape."
Grammy organizers also combined two Latin categories into one and split a folk category in two.
Now 74, Ostanek said "maybe its time to slow down anyways."
But it appears those are just words as Ostanek is still scheduled to play daily at Marine Land in Niagara Falls, Ont., this summer.
"Believe it or not I start tomorrow so you see I'm not out of business."
Ostanek, a member of Canada's Walk of Fame and the Order of Canada, also owns a music shop in St. Catharines, Ont.
If you can't make it to Marine Land, fans of Ostanek can also catch him this September at Oktoberfest in Kitchener, Ont.