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The Grammys introduces new award categories for songwriting as a social change

The Grammy Awards will have five new categories beginning with the ceremony next year, including songwriting honors and special recognition for the best song for social change.

The Recording Academy announcement included the addition of a non-classical songwriter of the year award, which would honor the most famous and successful non-performing and non-producing songwriters for their body of new material released during an eligibility year.

"Main alternative music performance, best Americana performance, best score soundtrack for video games and other interactive media, and best-spoken word poetry album are among the new categories."

The Recording Academy also put out a new special merit award for best song for social change, with submissions required to include lyrical content that addresses a current social issue and promotes understanding, peace, and empathy.

According to Recording Academy Chief Executive Harvey Mason Jr., the Academy's top priority is to effectively represent the music people we serve, including listening to our participants and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-changing industry.

The 65th annual Grammy Awards, the highest honors in the music industry, will be held in 2023. Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the ceremony was moved from Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this year.


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