African music is gradually becoming more well-known on a worldwide scale.
The famed annual award ceremony that honours musical achievement throughout the world has three new categories thanks to the Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammy Awards.
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The Grammys will now have three new categories: best African music performance, best pop dance recording, and best alternative jazz album, according to the latest turn of events.
According to reports, the added categories were voted on and passed at the academy’s Board of Trustees meeting in May 2024, making the Grammys possess a total of 94 categories in the inaugural edition of their 66th edition, which will air in 2024.
The new African category, which is anticipated to be extremely competitive, has undoubtedly benefited from the popularity of African singers like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Tems, CKay, Rema, Black Sherif, Yemi Alade, and a host of others.
The category is intriguing since it encompasses deeply ingrained genres like Fuji, High Life, Kizomba, and many more in addition to the well-known Afrobeats subgenre.
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The recording academy has provided the following breakdown of the three new categories:
- Best African Music Performance
A track and singles Category that recognizes recordings that utilize 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.
- Best Pop Dance Recording
Recognizes tracks and singles that feature up-tempo, danceable music that follows a pop arrangement. Eligible Pop Dance recordings also feature strong rhythmic beats and significant electronic-based instruments with an emphasis on the vocal performance, melody and hooks. Dance remixes are eligible in the Best Remixed Recording Category only and may not be entered in Best Pop Dance Recording
- Best Alternative Jazz Album
This Category recognizes artistic excellence in Alternative Jazz albums by individuals, duos and groups/ensembles, with or without vocals. Alternative Jazz may be defined as a genre-blending, envelope-pushing hybrid that mixes jazz (improvisation, interaction, harmony, rhythm, arrangements, composition, and style) with other genres, including R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, Contemporary Improvisation, Experimental, Pop, Rap, Electronic/Dance music, and/or Spoken Word. It may also include the contemporary production techniques/instrumentation associated with other genres.