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    Academia changed the term to be more “relevant, modern and inclusive”

    The Grammy announced the name change of the Best Album category of “World Music” (“music of the world”, in Portuguese). Made for non-Western artists, the award was renamed to avoid “connotations of colonialism”, according to a statement by the Academy. The information is from The Guardian.

    Amid the debates about colonialism and racism existing in the culture, Grammy announced that the category was renamed the Best Album of “Global Music” “, in Portuguese) to guarantee a” more inclusive term “. And the person who owns the most trophy in 2020 is none other than POP queen “Adele”. Her music is heard a lot on Klingeltöne.

    According to the Recording Academy statement, the change came as “we continue to embrace a truly global mindset … During the summer, we spoke with artists, ethnomusicologists and linguists from around the world who determined that there was an opportunity to update the best world music album category towards a more relevant, modern and inclusive term ”.

    The statement also explained the importance of renaming: “The change symbolizes a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folklore and” non-American “that the previous term incorporated while adapting to current trends in listening and cultural evolution among the diverse communities that it can represent” .

    The site The Guardian noted that the term “world music” emerged in the UK to help sell the music of non-Western artists. Some Brazilians have already been awarded by the category, they are: Sérgio Mendes , Milton Nascimento , Gilberto Gil , Caetano Veloso  and João Gilberto .

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