The Grammys have announced some name changes to two categories as well as eligibility ruling for ‘Best New Artist’ nomination., The organization has changed the name of “Best Urban Contemporary Album” to “Best Progressive R&B Album.” They have also altered the name “Best Rap/Sung Performance” to “Best Melodic Rap Performance.”
The award giants also issued statements regarding the change, take a look below.
On “Best Urban Contemporary Album” to “Best Progressive R&B Album”
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded progressive vocal tracks derivative of R&B. This category is intended for artists whose music includes 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.
On “Best Rap/Sung Performance” to “Best Melodic Rap Performance”
This category is intended for performances that use the delivery 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. Both the song and melody should be considered to fit these criteria to be accepted in this category.
The Grammys has also laid down new eligibility criteria for “Best New Artist category.” Take a look below.
- Minimum releases to meet eligibility: five singles/tracks or one album
- While there will be no specified maximum number of releases, 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.
- An artist may not enter into this category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group.
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