As part of the latest round of annual changes to its rules and regulations, on Wednesday (June 10th) the Recording Academy announced that the Grammy Awards will cease using the term “urban” in its awards and language.
The omission of “urban” is just one in a series of new revisions, including updates to the Best New Artist category, Latin, R&B and Rap Fields and Nominations Review Committees. And in an effort to be more transparent, the Recording Academy will make the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines book publicly available for the first time — and available here.
While some believe that this latest name change comes in response to recent social unrest events and Universal Music’s Republic Records doing the same, the Recording Academy explained that they decided to remove “urban” from their vocabulary in May, following a series of internal meetings. The moves are part of a larger agenda meant to advance a “completely new, and very transparent and transformed Recording Academy,” interim president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement. “It’s all part of what I hope will be a and a new chapter in our history. We’re listening to and learning from our partners and constituents and stakeholders; we’re trying to make sure we’re able to pivot and change and adapt; and we want to be really inclusive.”