The Grammys Renames ‘Best World Album’ Category for ‘Modern Times’

It’s a new age and being politically correct is the new cool for everyone and the Grammys can’t escape it too.

The Recording Academy has that the Grammy category “Best World Album” will be renamed “Best Global Album”, to keep in line with being culturally sensitive to the modern world, for a more relevant, and inclusive term.

The Recording Academy said in a statement that the new name “symbolizes 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 categorization that seeks to engage and celebrate the current scope of music from around the world,” they said in a statement said.

According to OkayAfrica, The Grammys are known to be a historically white award show that consistently favors white musicians. The international category, on the other hand, has consistently been dominated by nominees from Africa and those in the diaspora. While at first, this change may come across as arbitrary to some, language has always been a means of gatekeeping. The “world” in this instance, meant that America was not a part of the rest of the world but in fact, superior to other countries. Furthermore, the former name weighted English music more thereby promoting colonialist sentiments.

This move by the Grammys is really more of a baby step in the right direction of acknowledging how much influence global has over the music scene now. And with the internet, it’s shown that not only Americans can old global music dominance but artist from other continents can cross over around the world and chart really be big hits.

This category recognizes excellence in albums of world music, including recordings of international non-Western classical music, international non-American and non-British traditional folk music, international cross-cultural music based on the previously mentioned genres as well as international recordings of world beat, world jazz (with a higher percentage of the world than jazz music), world pop and cross-cultural music. Albums of reggae, Latin, or European pop music aren’t eligible in this category and should be entered in other categories as appropriate.

This is how the Grammys describe the new category.

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 the best progressive R&B album. It also follows a similar recent step made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which changed the name of its best foreign-language film Oscar to the best international feature film.

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