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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Eddie Blazonczyk Sr.

GRAMMY® winner and record label founder Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. was one of the true leaders and beloved voices of polka. His constant touring with the Versatones, the creation of his Bel-Aire Records label and his inclusion of rock, Tex-Mex and other sounds helped to evolve the polka genre and broaden its reach with audiences around the world. His unique style served as an influence to many, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans and all who enjoyed his work.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy