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new categories for Grammy Awards – The Grammy Awards have announced the biggest changes in 28 years. Five categories will be added to the ceremony and some rules will be adjusted. This happens in response to fierce criticism from musicians.
For example, the Recording Academy, as the organization behind the Grammys is called, adds a category for the best song about a social change. The lyrics of the nominated songs in this category should be about social issues and ensure mutual understanding, respect and empathy. The prize is not awarded every year and will be voted on by a special committee.
A category is also added for writers who do not sing or produce themselves. The nominees in this category must have written at least five songs and may only be in the credits as a writer or co-writer.
Artists such as Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran, who write, produce and sing themselves, have no chance of winning this prize.
The other prizes include the best spoken word album and soundtracks for games and other interactive media.
The changes have taken years, billboard writes, but come at a time when the Grammy Awards are regularly under fire. Several musicians, such as Drake, have said that they no longer want to be nominated because the Grammys are not diverse enough.
This has also been responded to in a way: one of the new prizes goes to the best Americana song. That style of music stems from country, folk, bluegrass, blues and R&B. Furt
hermore, there is a limit to the number of songs that one artist can submit for nomination and the voting process has been looked at. Whether the changes are enough for critics remains to be seen.
Five new categories for Grammy Awards, rules modified after criticism
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