Gone are the days when music directors only had movies and albums to show off their talent. With companies spending ever more fortunes, video games with brilliant soundtracks have been around for at least a decade. The auditory treat certainly adds a lot to the immersive gaming experience. Now those music directors can aim for a Grammy, as the academy will present new accolades, including Best Video Game Soundtrack of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Prizes will begin to be awarded from the 2023 Grammies.
Additionally, the Songwriter of the Year award will not be open to performers or producers, but instead will focus on songwriters who often receive little recognition for their contributions and who have lobbied for years. years for such a modification of the prestigious music awards.
Artists will also be able to submit their work for Best Alternative Music Performance, Best American Performance and Best Spoken Poetry Album, an area that will now be separated from the ever-quirky audiobook category.
The academy will also award a special merit award. Winners will be chosen by an appointed committee and will be honored for best song for change. The academy said this category will seek to celebrate tracks that “contain lyrical content that addresses a current social issue and promotes understanding, peacebuilding, and empathy.”
The redesign of the Grammy categories has been underway for several years following criticism that the categories are not inclusive and do not represent developments and changes in the music industry.
“We are thrilled to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly created awards and edits, and to continue to cultivate an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the academy, in a press release. .
In 2020, the Los Angeles-based institution went through a number of category name swaps, including changing the controversial “urban contemporary” to “progressive R&B.”
The move came amid growing concerns in the music industry that “urban” was far too general to encompass genres, including hip-hop and R&B, which it came to describe, and minimized the innovations of black musicians.
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