A category for ‘Best African Music Performance’ has been created by the recording Academy, organisers of Grammy Awards.
This development was disclosed in a statement released via its website on Tuesday, as the category was among the three new ones announced by the academy.
Best Pop Dance Recording and Best Alternative Jazz Album are the other two newly created categories.
It was also revealed in the statement that the new categories will receive nominations beginning with next year’s show.
On the reason for this addition, it was stressed in the statement that African acts and the genre of music, Afrobeats have gone global.
The statement read in part, “The addition of the Best African Music Performance category reflects how African acts such as Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Tems—along with the rise of the Afrobeats genre—have become global chart-topping stars and streaming juggernauts.”
The Grammy “Best African Music Performance” category is open to both contemporary and traditional music from the African continent including Afrobeats, Afro-pop, Amapiano, High Life, Fuji etc.