Seeking inclusion, Grammys change name of a music category

Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) – The Grammy Awards have changed the name of their Best World Music Album category to the Best Global Music Album, an attempt to find “a more relevant, modern and inclusive term”.

The Recording Academy said in a statement that the new name “symbolises a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folk and ‘non-American’ that the former term embodied”.

As we continue to embrace a truly global mindset, we update our language to reflect a more appropriate categorisation that seeks to engage and celebrate the current scope of music from around the world.”

The step comes some five months after the Academy made changes to several Grammy Awards categories, including renaming the Best Urban Contemporary Album category to Best Progressive R&B album.