Ahead of the 2024 Grammy Awards, three new categories have been added: best African music performance, best alternative jazz album, and best pop dance recording. The non-classical producer of the year and the non-classical songwriter of the year categories, the latter of which was introduced last year, will now fall under the general field, making them open to voting by all Grammy voters.
African songs will now compete in a separate African music category rather than competing for the best global music performance. Afrobeats, amapiano, highlife, alte, fuji, and kwassa are just a few of the musical genres that are up for nomination in this contest, which aims to emphasize “regional melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic musical traditions.”
The category was developed at a time when American culture has never been more aware of African music. Burna Boy will perform at Citi Field in Queens, New York, this summer, making history as the first Nigerian performer to headline an American stadium. And Tems has experienced a spectacular rise in the last few years, including appearances on Wizkid’s indisputable “Essence” and Future and Drake’s #1 hit “Wait for You.”
Best pop dance recording, a newly formed category, will promote upbeat music with a pop arrangement, and Best alternative jazz album will recognize musicians who combine jazz with other genres like R&B, hip-hop, classical, experimental, pop, and EDM.