The Grammys add new categories |

The Recording Academy created a Social Change Song Award and five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year.

LOS ANGELES — The Grammys are adding a special Social Change Award song and five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year, giving the Recording Academy an opportunity to honor music’s top composer.

The academy announced on Thursday that the new non-classical songwriter category will recognize a person who has been the “most prolific” non-performing, non-producing songwriter for a set of new works in a year. of eligibility. The category takes a different approach than Song of the Year, which recognizes the songwriter or songwriters who wrote the lyrics or melodies for a song.

“This new category is really for someone who is expert in the art of songwriting,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr told The Associated Press. Songwriters must have written a minimum of five songs in which they are credited “only” as songwriter or co-writer.

“Someone who writes their own music and records it wouldn’t be eligible,” he said. “They should be making songs for other people. We want to highlight the art of writing songs professionally for artists.”

“Songwriters are at the heart of our business and our industry,” he said. “Nothing happens without songwriters. For us, that was a no-brainer. It’s in line with all the changes. We thought, ‘How can we do more? Feature more people and be more inclusive across different genres?”

The new category is another milestone for songwriters. Last year a rules update allowed that any songwriter, producer, engineer or featured artist on an album nominated for Album of the Year could ultimately earn a nomination.

The other four categories include Best Spoken Poetry Album, Alternative Music Performance, Americana Music Performance, and Video Game Soundtrack and Other Interactive Media.

The academy has created a special merit award which determines the best song for social change. The award will be based on lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes “understanding, peacebuilding and empathy”.

“It’s always a good time to recognize music that changes the world,” he said. “I think that deserves special recognition. These songs are important and impactful. We want to make sure we honor and celebrate this art form. It’s a great way to do it.”

Mason said it’s been a year-long process to accept proposals for changes, additions, and updates from music creators and professionals who make up the members’ body.

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