The Grammys have officially dropped the word “urban” from some of their awards categories.
The news comes after The Black Music Coalition wrote an open letter to all music industry leaders in a bid to tackle racism. In the letter, one section calls for bosses to replace “urban music” with “Black music.”
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The Grammys confirmed on June 10th that they would no longer be using the word “urban” in certain categories, and outlined an “ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape.” Going forward, the Best Urban Contemporary Album, which Lizzo won this year for Cuz I Love You, will be known as the Best Progressive R&B Album.
“I’m excited to announce our latest changes, as we’re constantly evaluating our awards process and evolving it to ensure the Grammy Awards are inclusive and reflect the current state of the music industry,” Chair of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr explains.
The word is not completely removed from the Grammys, as they still feature “urban” in other categories like the newly named “Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album.” They did, however, also rename the “Best Rap/Sung Performance” award to the “Best Melodic Rap Performance.”