New Grammys category to honour Highlife, Ghanaian Drill, Amapiano etc
The Recording Academy, the brain behind the Grammys, has announced three new categories for the 2024 Awards, to be officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards.
The categories are Best Pop Dance Recording, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best African Music Performance, which has already sparked excitement among African musicians.
That category, according to the Recording Academy, “recognizes recordings that utilize unique local expressions from across the African continent”.
It is to highlight regional melodic, harmonic and rhythmic musical traditions.
It includes but 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.
The category additions and amendments were voted on and passed at the Recording Academy’s most recent semiannual Board of Trustees meeting held in May 2023.
“By introducing these three new categories, we are able to acknowledge and appreciate a broader array of artists – and relocating the Producer Of the Year and Songwriter Of The Year categories to the General Field ensures that all our voters can participate in recognizing excellence in these fields,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. said.
“We are excited to honor and celebrate the creators and recordings in these categories, while also exposing a wider range of music to fans worldwide.”
The new categories, especially the Best African Music Performance, will amplify and expand the reach of African music and its creators.