NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, June 5 (UPI) -- Canada's three-time Grammy Award-winning king of polka says he's not surprised his category has been dropped from the awards this year.
Walter Ostanek, 74, told his hometown Niagara Falls Review newspaper the decision by the Recording Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., was understandable.
"I'm satisfied. I've had a nice run," he said. "The only thing I feel bad about is the up and coming young artists that are in my field."
Ostanek has been nominated for a Best Polka Album Grammy 21 times, but lost out 18 of them to fellow polka bandleader Jimmy Sturr of Florida, N.Y., the newspaper said.
He said he suspects that's one reason the category was dropped.
"When one person wins all the time, the other people that want to get into it say, 'What for, he's going to win anyway?'" Ostanek said.
The accordion player said despite the Grammy award loss, his music was resilient.
"Somewhere along the line, the bird song, the little bird dance, the hokey pokey, or the macarena, that kind of a thing, it will happen again," Ostanek said. "Even maybe I will pull off something yet, who knows? But the thing is, it will happen -- it will never die."