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    The Grammy Awards will cease using the term “urban” in its awards and language as part of the latest round of annual changes to its rules and guidelines, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday (June 10). Along with the changes, which include updates to the Best New Artist category, Latin, R&B and Rap Fields, Nominations Review Committees, the Recording Academy will make the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines book publicly available for the first time.

    *Best Urban Contemporary Album Category — Renamed and Redefined

    Best Urban Contemporary Album has been renamed Best Progressive R&B Album to appropriately categorize and describe this subgenre. This change includes a more accurate definition to describe the merit or characteristics of music compositions or performances themselves within the genre of R&B.

    Best Progressive R&B Album

    This category is intended to highlight albums that include the more progressive elements of R&B and may include samples and elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music. It may also incorporate production elements found in pop, euro-pop, country, rock, folk, and alternative.

    *Best Rap/Sung Performance Category — Renamed and Redefined

    Best Rap/Sung Performance has been renamed Best Melodic Rap Performance to represent the inclusivity of the growing hybrid performance trends within the rap genre. The expanded category is defined as follows:

    Best Melodic Rap Performance

    This category is intended to recognize solo and collaborative performances containing elements of rap and melody over modern production. This performance requires a strong and clear presence of melody combined with rap cadence, and is inclusive of dialects, lyrics or performance elements from non-rap genres including R&B, rock, country, electronic or more. The production may include traditional elements of rap or elements characteristic of the aforementioned non-rap genres.

    *Latin Field: Placement of Latin Urban Recordings — Reclassify

    Latin Pop Album has been renamed Latin Pop Or Urban Album and Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative has been renamed Latin Rock Or Alternative to migrate the genres of Latin urban and represent the current state and prominent representation in the Latin urban genres.

    Latin Pop Or Urban Album

    This category is intended to recognize excellence in Latin pop or urban music recordings that utilize a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content, and/or musical presentation to create a sensibility that reflects the broad spectrum of Latin pop music style and culture. The category includes recordings from balladeers and commercial Latin music and is not limited to any one region.

    Latin Rock Or Alterative Album

    This category is intended to highlight Latin rock or alternative music recordings that utilize a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content and/or musical presentation to create a sensibility that reflects the broad spectrum of the Latin music style and culture.

    *Best New Artist — Eligibility

    There is no longer a specified maximum number of releases prohibiting artists from entering the Best New Artist category. As such, the screening committees will be charged with determining whether the artist had attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to the eligibility year. Such a determination would result in disqualification.

    Nominations Review Committees — Addressing Potential Conflicts of Interest

    At the time of invitation to participate on a Nominations Review Committee, a conflict of interest disclosure form will be provided. Each person invited to be a member of such a committee must disclose to the best of their knowledge whether, in connection with any recording that may be entered in the current year’s GRAMMY Awards process, (a) the person would be in line to receive a GRAMMY nomination or win for any recordings being considered in a particular category, (b) the person would have any direct or indirect financial ties to the recordings or creators under consideration, (c) the person has immediate familial ties to any of the artists in the top voter selections, and/or (d) any other conflict of interest, actual or perceived. If a recording listed by the invitee presents a conflict of interest, the Academy will notify the committee member that they cannot participate on the committee that year. If, in the unlikely event that, despite these pro-active efforts a conflict is discovered during the committee meeting, that person will be notified and recused from the meeting. Failure to voluntarily disclose any conflict of interest will result in the person being barred from future Nominations Review Committee participation.

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    Best Rap/Sung Performance did not need to be renamed!

    Best Melodic Rap Performance sounds horrible!

    Best Progressive R&B Album?

    Alternative/Contemporary R&B Album would’ve been better.

    And the term “urban” is being used in the renamed Latin categories. Shrugs.

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    A lot of the albums submitted to category will not be “progressive.” Contemporary R&B was better.

    These updates are ridiculous. Lol

    And I guess Best Melodic Rap Performance would have been for “Old Town Road.” Those songs could stay in R&B or pop.

    And what these BNA changes mean for someone like Roddy Ricch, who just won a Grammy? BNA gets changes every few years. Just hang it up.

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    The potential conflicts of interest may or may not shake things up. There are certain acts getting nominated in the General Field because of that very same reason.

    *stares at H.E.R*

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    There was absolutely no need for Rap/Sung Performance to be changed.

    With that rule change to Best New Artist, they should change the name to Best Breakthrough Artist. It sounds like a much more suitable name.

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    Honey, there is a poster that stated the word ‘Urban’ should be dropped from est Urban Contemporary Album.  Best Progressive R&B Album…awful.  They should’ve just went back to Best Contemporary R&B Album.

    Best Melodic Rap Performance…1 chop!  Should’ve kept it Best Rap/Sung Performance.

    Best New Artist – no longer a specified maximum number of releases…interesting.

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    BNA rules are ridiculous now.

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    Congrats to Roddy Ricch on his BNA win.

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    Congrats to Roddy Ricch on his BNA win.

    He still isn’t eligible, even with those rule changes. He won a Grammy last year.

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    He still isn’t eligible, even with those rule changes. He won a Grammy last year.

    I don’t know. The article says it’s up to the committee to know determine who “achieved prominence” in this eligibility period.
    https://variety.com/2020/music/news/grammy-awards-drop-urban-recording-academy-1234629747/

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    Those updated names are terrible. Rap/Sung especially did not need any change.

    At least we know Megan is eligible for BNA now.

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    Honey, for the billionth time, Roddy Ricch is NOT eligible for Best New Artist, regardless of the rule change.  He is a fucking Grammy winner.

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    I don’t know. The article says it’s up to the committee to know determine who “achieved prominence” in this eligibility period.
    https://variety.com/2020/music/news/grammy-awards-drop-urban-recording-academy-1234629747/

    He still isn’t. The criteria for being NOT Eligible says that anyone with a previous Grammy nom/win or credited in songwriting cannot be nominated. Its the reason Cardi B was deemed ineligible.

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    Well that kinda sucks for him, since he was only a feature on that song he won for.

    Honestly they should just drop BNA. It lost its meaning. Almost every year the biggest breakthrough artist is deemed “ineligible”.

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    The Grammy Awards will cease using the term “urban” in its awards and language …

    Also Grammys: Latin Pop Album has been renamed Latin Pop Or Urban Album

    💀

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