Academy Behind The Grammys Are Making Changes To Categories Formally Known As ‘Urban’

The Grammy Awards will look slightly different next year. This time, it’s about new rules and guidelines for the Best Urban Contemporary Album category and new eligibility for Best New Artist.  The word ‘Urban’ is out, much lke it is for several record labels that dropped it recently. It’s now called Best Progressive R&B album. The Latin, Rock Urban or Alternative category has been renamed to Latin Rock or Alternative and the Best Rap/Sung Performance category has been renamed to Best Melodic Rap Performance.  Best New Artist will no longer prevent musicians from entering the category due to having released more than 30 singles or tracks.  The Recording Academy will also release publicly the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines book and is introducing changes to the Nominations Review Committee, shortening the amount of time members can be a part of the committee.  The Academy will additionally examine more closely conflicts of interest within its committees.  “We’re constantly evaluating our Awards process and evolving it to ensure the Grammy Awards are inclusive and reflect the current state of the music industry,” Interim President and CEO of The Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement.  The 63rd annual Grammy Awards is set to take place on Jan. 31, 2021.


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