The Recording Academy has added three new categories to the pre-existing 94 categories for the 66th Grammy Awards – Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album, and Best Pop Dance Recording are the new categories added to the list.
The Best African Performance will reportedly recognise recordings that use regional and traditional elements while making music, and the categories are not limited to Afro-Pop, Alte, Amapiano, and more.
“A track and singles category that recognizes recordings that utilise unique local expressions from across the African continent. Highlighting regional melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic musical traditions, the category includes but is not limited to the Afrobeat, Afro-fusion, Afro Pop, Afrobeats, Alte, Amapiano, Bongo Flava, Genge, Kizomba, Chimurenga, High Life, Fuji, Kwassa, Ndombolo, Mapouka, Ghanaian Drill, Afro-House, South African Hip-Hop, and Ethio Jazz genres,” The Academy revealed.
Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said, “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.”
“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. We are excited to honour and celebrate the creators and recordings in these categories, while also exposing a wider range of music to fans worldwide,” he added.
In the past year, Nigerian artistes have been receiving accolades from the Grammys, with Burna Boy receiving two nods for his album ‘Love Damini’ as he was nominated in the Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance categories. On the other hand, Tems earned three nominations for Album of the Year for Beyonce’s ‘Renaissance’, Best Melodic Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song for Future’s ‘Wait for U’. She won her first-ever Grammy last year.
With The Academy’s commitment to ensuring that music communities are properly represented in their categories, Nigerian artistes and African artistes at large are soon going to be getting accolades for their music creations.
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