Grammy Organisers add Best African Music Performance, two others ahead of the 66th Annual Grammy Awards
The Recording Academy has added another music category for African music; Best African Music Performance ahead of the 66th Annual Grammy Awards.
It likewise reported two other extra categories— Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording.
Furthermore, the current categories of producer of the year, non-classical, and songwriter of the year, non-classical will be moved to the general field.
The category additions and amendments were voted on and passed at the Recording Academy’s most recent semiannual Board of Trustees meeting, which was held last month.
Harvey Mason Jr., the CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a proclamation on Tuesday that the news classes categorize represent the diverse range of relevant musical genres.
“The Recording Academy is proud to announce these latest category changes to our award 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,” Mason said
The addition of an award category for Africa is a recognition of recordings that utilize unique local expressions from across the African continent.
The category includes 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.