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Grammys Announce Changes To Awards Categories

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The Recording Academy has announced major changes to several rules and guidelines for 63rd annual Grammys to make the awards nominating process and rules more transparent and fair.

Among the changes are updates to the Best New Artist category, Latin, R&B and Rap Fields, and Nominations Review Committees.

The Best Urban Contemporary Album has been renamed 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.

Likewise, Best Rap/Sung Performance has been renamed Best Melodic Rap Performance to include the growing hybrid performance trends within the rap genre.

In addition, Latin Pop Album has been renamed Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album, and Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album has been renamed Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album.

Also, there is no longer a specified maximum number of releases prohibiting artists from entering the Best New Artist category.

The eligibility to become members of Nominations Review Committees will be subject to their clearance from potential conflicts of interest.

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