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Grammy Awards add five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year

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The Grammys are shaking things up. In a press release on Thursday, the Recording Academy announced five new award categories “as part of the organization’s commitment to evolving with the ever-changing music landscape.”

After reviewing “proposals from the music producers and professionals who make up the membership body”, the Recording Academy revealed that the new awards would include: Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Alternative Music Performance, Best American Performance, Best Score. Soundtrack to Video Games and Other Interactive Media and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album.

These changes are set to take effect immediately, meaning the awards will be presented at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, to be held in 2023.

Along with additional categories, the Recording Academy is rolling out a new Special Merit Award for Best Song for Social Change. “This Special Merit Award will be determined by the Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees,” the press release said. “Productions should have lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes understanding, peace building and empathy.”

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said, “We are very excited to honor these diverse communities of music creators through newly established awards and revisions, and to continue cultivating an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration. ” A statement accompanying the news. “The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the music people we serve, and each year, including listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry.”

As per the press release, the details of each new category are given below.

Lyricist of the Year, Non-Classical

Recognizes writing excellence, the profession and the art of songwriting, while honoring the most prolific non-performing and non-productive songwriters for their body of new work released during a qualifying year.

Best Alternative Music Performance

A track and solo category that recognizes the best recording in an alternative performance by a solo artist, collaborative artist, established duo or established group.

Best Americana Performance

A track and solo category that recognizes artistic excellence in US performances by a solo artist, collaborative artist, established duo or established group.

Best Score Soundtracks for Video Games and Other Interactive Media

The score recognizes excellence in soundtrack albums that consist primarily of original scores and are created specifically for, or as a companion, to the current video game or other interactive media released within the qualifying period.

Best Spoken Word Poetry Album

An album category that recognizes excellence in specific spoken word albums for the performance of poetry, with or without music.

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