Grammys introduce a new category for best African music performance.
The Grammys’ creator, The Recording Academy, has announced three brand-new categories for the 2024 event, which will be recognised as the 66th GRAMMY Awards.
Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album, and Best Pop Dance Recording are the categories that have already attracted interest among African performers.
This category “recognises recordings that utilise distinctive local expressions from across the African continent,” according to the Recording Academy.
Its purpose is to promote local musical traditions in terms of rhythm, harmony, and melody, Afropop, Afrobeats, Alte, Amapiano, Bongo Flava, Genge, Kizomba, Chimurenga, HighLife, Fuji, Kwassa, Ndombolo, Mapouka, Ghanaian Drill, Afro-House, South African Hip-Hop, and Ethio Jazz are just a few of the genres that fall under this umbrella.
Below is a tweet from the official Twitter account of the Recording Academy:
Our goal at the #RecordingAcademy is to recognize and honor the very best in music from across the globe.
Today, we're proud to announce a new category for the 66th GRAMMY Awards – Best African Music Performance.
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) June 13, 2023
Additionally, the categories of producer of the year (non-classical) and songwriter of the year (non-classical), the latter of which was introduced last year, will now be included in the general field, making voting for them open to all Grammy voters.
“The Recording Academy is proud to announce these latest category changes to our Awards process. These changes reflect our commitment to actively listen and respond to the feedback from our music community, accurately represent a diverse range of relevant musical genres, and stay aligned with the ever-evolving musical landscape,” said a statement from Harvey Mason Jr., chief executive officer of the Recording Academy, which presides over the Grammys.
“By introducing these three new categories, we are able to acknowledge and appreciate a broader array of artists — and relocating the producer of the year and songwriter of the year categories to the general field ensures that all our voters can participate in recognizing excellence in these fields.” Mr Havey Mason continued
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