Grammys Make Changes To R&B And Rap Categories

Grammys Make Changes To R&B And Rap Categories

The Recording Academy has announced some new changes to two of their categories and they are the R&B and rap categories. They have been renamed though.

According to the Recording Academy, several rule changes and additional guidelines for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, which include the renaming of two R&B and rap categories.

In a report by, The Best Urban Contemporary Album category added to the Grammys in 2012, will now be called “Best Progressive R&B Album”

The Academy said the new title serves “more accurate definition to describe the merit or characteristics of music compositions or performances themselves within the genre of R&B.”

Also, the Best Rap/Sung Performance category has been rechristened as Best Melodic Rap Performance to “represent the inclusivity of the growing hybrid performance trends within the rap genre.”

“These changes were necessary for the culture; the naming and defining of expressions from our culture is significant in providing agency for the historically underserved, misidentified, and misrepresented,” said Kokayi Walker, the Academy’s DC Chapter Trustee.

Other changes were made to categories including Best New Artist. Starting with the 2021 ceremony, artists will be eligible regardless of how much material they’ve previously released. Until now, artists who had released more than 30 singles/tracks were not eligible for the category.

“The new rules were voted in last month and aim to better serve the music community by ensuring they are inclusive and reflective of modern perceptions of music of all genres,” said the Academy in a statement.

The 63rd Grammy Awards will take place January 31, 2021.


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