NEW YORK (AP) – The Grammy Awards have changed the name of the best world music albums category to the best global music album, an attempt to find ‘a more relevant, modern and inclusive term’.
The Recording Academy said in a statement that the new name “symbolizes a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folk and ‘non-American’ that the previous term embodied.”
“While continuing to embrace a truly global mindset, we are updating our language to reflect a more appropriate categorization that seeks to engage and celebrate the current scale of music from around the world,” the statement said.
The move comes some five months after the Academy made changes to several Grammy Awards categories, including renaming the category from best urban contemporary albums to best progressive R&B album.
It also follows a similar recent move by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which changed the name from the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to Best International Feature Film.
In recent years, the winners of the now worldwide music album category have been Angelique Kidjo’s “Celia”, Soweto Gospel Choir’s “Freedom” and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Shaka Zulu Revisited”.
The Academy said the newly named category “will continue to provide a home for influential music from all parts of the world, yet bring a new perspective fueled by authenticity, diversity and direct incorporation into our process.”