Grammys Rename New Award to Move Away From Colonialist Connotations

The Grammys has renamed Best World Music Album Award to Best Global Music Album.

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The Best World Music Album Award has been part of the Grammys since 1991. However, they have made the decision to rename it to Best Global Music Album in order to embrace inclusivity and global values. 

The renaming of this category was a step forward to a more “relevant, modern, and inclusive term…The change symbolises a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folk, and non-American” according to the Recording Academy. 

This is not the first renamed Award of 2021 where the Best Urban Contemporary Album was changed to Best Progressive R&B Album, Best Latin Pop Album to Best Latin Pop or Urban Album, Best Rap/Sung Performance to Best Melodic Rap Performance. This change has followed with the Academy Awards similarly changing their Best Foreign Language Film to Best International Feature Film. Lots of other acclaimed organisations such as the UK music festival, Womad, has followed suit and has claimed they will stop using the term as it is “ghettoising for a lot of the artist.”

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