The Grammy Awards will have five new categories starting at the ceremony next year, organizers announced Thursday, including honors for songwriting, as well as special recognition for best song for social change.
The Recording Academy said it was adding an award for Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), which would recognize “the most prolific non-performing, non-producer songwriters for their body of new work released during one year of eligibility”.
New categories also include Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Americana Performance, Best Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media, and Best Spoken Poetry Album.
The Recording Academy also said it would introduce a Special Merit Award for Best Song for Social Change, for which submissions must “contain lyrical content that addresses a current social issue and promotes understanding, peace and empathy”.
The winner will be chosen by a committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees.
“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 the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., in a statement.
“The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the musicians we serve, and each year that means listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-changing industry.”
The 2023 Grammy Awards will be the 65th annual ceremony, the music industry’s highest honors.
This year’s ceremony was pushed back to April from January amid a spike in COVID-19 cases and moved from Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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