Grammy awards rename World Music category to Global Music to avoid ‘connotations of colonialism’
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Recording Academy has announced that the Gammy Awards for “Best World Music Album” has been renamed to “Best Global Music Album”, in order to reflect a “more relevant, inclusive” term.
This is coming months after the Oscars renamed the international category “Best Foreign Language Film” to “Best International Feature Film”.
“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.
“Over the summer we held discussions with artists, ethnomusicologists, and linguists from around the world who determined that there was an opportunity to update the best world music album category toward a more relevant, modern, and inclusive term… The change symbolizes a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folk, and ‘non-American’ that the former term embodied while adapting to current listening trends and cultural evolution among the diverse communities it may represent,” the Recording Academy, said in a statement.
The Academy added that “global Music will continue to provide a home for influential music from all parts of the globe yet bringing with it a fresh perspective fueled by authenticity, diversity, and direct inclusion into our process.”
The Academy introduced the category in 1991. The first winner, in February 1992, was Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum. Ry Cooder was the first two-time winner in the category. Ravi Shankar and Ladysmith Black Mambazo have also won twice in the category. Angélique Kidjo is the only three-time winner in the category to date, Guardian reported.
Nominations for the 2021 Grammys will be announced on 24 November.