'Afrobeats' Go On - Genre May Get Grammy Category!

The Recording Academy's CEO Harvey Mason Jr, on a recent trip to Ghana, told reporters that the academy was in talks with key players in the Afrobeats music scene to explore the possibility of adding Afrobeats to the award's genre list. He mentioned that the academy was working with "leaders of the Afrobeats community" to promote inclusivity at the Grammys.

Afrobeats has become a global phenomenon, and has taken a spot on the world stage as one of the leading genres in music. The Global Music category has seen the likes of Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo, and Wizkid pick up wins. In 2020, many music lovers were left disappointed when Nigerian singer Burna Boy failed to clinch the award. Burna Boy was nominated for Best World Music Album for his 2019 record African Giant but lost out to Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo. 

Afrobeats is a broad, generic term for African contemporary popular music with rhythmic and harmonic influences of West Africa's highlife and Afrobeat traditions, Euro-American funk and hip-hop. Afrobeats is no longer confined to Nigeria, Ghana, or West Africa alone. Artists from southern Africa, Rwanda, the UK, and Europe have all been bitten by the bug. 

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