The Grammy Awards have renamed their Best World Album category to Best Global Album, an attempt to find “a more inclusive, modern and inclusive term”.
The Recording Institute said in a statement that the new name “represents a departure from the meanings of colonialism, folklore and ‘non-American’ as the old term embodies.”
“As we continue to adopt a truly global mindset, we update our language to reflect a more relevant category that seeks to capture and celebrate the current range of music from all over. world, ”the statement said.
This move comes about five months after the Academy made changes to a number of Grammy Awards categories, including renaming Best Contemporary Urban Album to Best Progressive R&B Album.
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It also follows a similar recent move by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which renamed the Oscar for its best foreign-language film to Best International Feature Film.
In recent years, the winners in the current global album category include Angelique Kidjo’s “Celia”, Soweto Gospel Choir’s “Freedom” and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Shaka Zulu Revisited”. “
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The academy said the newly named category “will continue to provide a home for influential music from all over the world but give it a fresh perspective driven by authenticity, multi form and directly into our process. “