A new music category for African music; Best African Music Performance has been added by the Recording Academy has added for the 66th Annual Grammy Awards.
Two additional categories—Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording.
However, the categories of producer of the year, non-classical and songwriter of the year, non-classical will be moved to the general field.
The decision to add and amend was voted on and passed at the Recording Academy’s most recent semi-annual Board of Trustees meeting, held last month.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement on Tuesday that the news categories 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 utilise unique local expressions from across the African continent which includes but is not limited to 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.