The Recording Academy has added Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album, and Best Pop Dance Recording as new categories that will be introduced at the 2024 Grammys.
African music, alternative jazz, and dance-pop have been on the Grammy’s ballot for decades. However, now they will have categories of their own.
Additionally, the existing categories of Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, and Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical will be moved to the General Field.
The change is said to allow all Grammy voters to vote in these non-genre-specific categories.
“The Recording Academy is proud to announce these latest category changes to our Awards process. These changes reflect our commitment to actively listen and respond to the feedback from our music community, accurately represent a diverse range of relevant musical genres, and stay aligned with the ever-evolving musical landscape,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr said.
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,” Mason continued.
He added that the Academy is excited to expose supporters worldwide to a wider range of music and honour recording artistes in the areas.