Grammy Awards CEO has revealed The Recording Academy is considering adding Afrobeats category to its lineup of awards.
While speaking at a press conference in Ghana, Harvey Mason Jr. shared that the institution is considering the addition 2023, 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
Mason Jr. added that the Academy was working with “leaders of Afrobeats community” to promote inclusivity at Grammy Awards.
“We just had a meeting 6 or 8 days ago with leaders from the Afrobeats Community.”
“We had a virtual listening session where we heard from Afrobeats creators and just talked about ‘What are the different subgenres? What are the needs? What are the desires?”
“The Goal is to represent all genres of music” The Academy CEO on Adding Afrobeats award to the Grammys
Commenting on what The Academy’s goal, the CEO said the organization is looking to represent all genres;
“And my goal is to represent all genres of music, including Afrobeats, at the Grammys.”
Mason Jr. explained the choice is not an individual decision;
“I don’t decide categories. The categories are decided by proposals submitted by members.
The members can say ‘Harvey, I want an Afrobeat category…’ So that process has started now. I think the listening session last week was very important, very valuable, and the step towards that path.”