The Grammy Awards will introduce three new categories, according to The Hollywood Reporter. These additions include Best African Music Performance, Best Pop Dance Recording, and Best Alternative Jazz Album. The creation of the Best African Music Performance category recognizes the growing global popularity of African artists such as Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Tems, who have achieved great success on the charts.
This category aims to highlight the influence of the Afrobeats genre and celebrate the diverse musical expressions from across the African continent. Various subgenres like Afrobeats, Afro-fusion, Afro pop, Bongo Flava, Ethio jazz, Kizomba, High Life, Fuji, Ndombolo, Mapouka, Ghanaian drill, Afro-house, and South African hip-hop will be eligible for consideration.
Previously, African-based songs dominated the nominations in the Best Global Music Performance category, which was introduced in 2022. With the addition of the Best African Music Performance award, it is expected that songs from other global genres such as Latin music, K-pop, and Arabic music will now have a better chance of earning nominations in the Best Global Music Performance category.
Grammy Awards Introduce New Categories and Modify Voting Process for 66th Edition
In addition to the new categories, the Grammys have also made changes to the voting process. Two categories, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) and Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), have been moved to the general field. Grammys voters are limited in the categories they can vote, however all voters are allowed to vote in the general field.
The changes were voted on and passed at the academy’s Board of Trustees meeting last month. The eligibility period for the 66th Grammys, which now has 94 categories, will be from October 1, 2022, to September 15, 2023. The nominations will be announced in November, and the awards ceremony will take place in early 2024.