The Grammys are considering adding an Afrobeats category to the annual Grammy Awards show.
The Recording Academy said Monday that the category would include Afrobeats and other subgenres, including R&B, rap and dance music. Grammy producers are looking at possible songs like “How Come You Don’t Call Me No More,” a hip-hop song by Mary J. Blige.
The move comes a little more than a year after a Grammy panel rejected the idea. That panel said the R&B and pop categories had to be limited to the mainstream.
“This has always been the goal of the award show. We have long said that the ceremony was not for ‘artists,'” said Melba Ketchum, president of the Recording Academy.
The Recording Academy did not identify any artists that the new category would be for.
In February, the Recording Academy’s Music Branch said the best-selling artists on the pop charts would be nominated in the most prestigious category, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
The Recording Academy’s announcement came six days after the Grammy Awards, where Mary J. Blige recorded her song “How Come You Don’t Call Me No More.”
The Recording Academy said Monday the category would open up to more artists than previously expected, and would be open to “any genre of music.”
There would be more than one record nominated in the category, the Recording Academy said.
The Recording Academy said songs written for or about musicians with a disability would be eligible. Those songs would have to be made by a band, singer-songwriter or poet who was using a disability to convey something about the disability. A category would be created for the purpose.
The Recording Academy noted that the new category would include more music and would be more inclusive of alternative or indie music.
When the Recording Academy first considered adding an Afrobeats music category in February, it was looking for artists from a number of subgenres, including R&B, hip hop and dance music.