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Grammy Awards add Best African Music Performance category as sounds of the continent receive global acclaim

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22:56 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Next year’s Grammys will feature three new categories, including Best African Music Performance, as the awards move to reflect the massive popularity of Afrobeats around the world.

The category “recognizes recordings that utilize unique local expressions from across the African continent,” the organizers said in a statement published Wednesday.

Throughout the year, the Recording Academy – the group of music industry professionals that presents the Grammy Awards – accepts proposals from its members for new categories. Those proposals are then reviewed by a committee and voted on by the academy’s board of trustees.