In the ongoing pursuit of inclusivity within the music industry, the Recording Academy has made a groundbreaking announcement, revealing the addition of three new Grammy Award categories.
Starting from the 2024 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy is adding three new categories: Best Alternative Jazz Album, Best Pop Dance Recording, and Best African Music Performance. These categories will recognise and appreciate a wider range of artists and music styles beyond the mainstream.
To ensure everyone can participate, the Recording Academy is moving the Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical, and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical categories to the general field. This means that all voters can have a say in recognising excellence in these fields.
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. expressed their commitment to listening and responding to feedback from the music community. They want to accurately represent different musical genres and keep up with the ever-changing music landscape.
Mason Jr. stated, “By introducing these three new categories, we are able to acknowledge and appreciate a broader array of artists. Relocating the producer of the year and songwriter of the year categories to the general field ensures that all our voters can participate in recognising excellence in these fields. We are excited to honour and celebrate the creators and recordings in these categories while also exposing a wider range of music to fans worldwide.”