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New Grammy Category for Americana Roots Music

Grammy AwardThe Americana Music Association applauds the Recording Academy® for adding a new category - Best American Roots Music Performance, an artist’s award - to the American Roots Music Field for the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards. The new category will give Americana, and other roots music artists, a home for the recognition of their work. The new category compliments previously created categories including Best American Roots Music Song, Best Americana Album, Best Bluegrass Album, Best Blues Album, Best Folk Album and Best Regional Roots Album.

According to a press release from the Recording Academy today, the new category “recognizes singles/tracks only as well as solo artists/duos/groups/collaborations. This puts the (American Roots Music) field in line with the Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, Country, and Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music fields, all of which have performance categories.”

Best American Roots Performance is an artist's award, it will encompass all of the subgenres of the Field (Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, regional roots music), and recognizes singles/tracks only as well as solo artists/duos/groups/collaborations. This puts the Field in line with the Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, Country, and Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Fields, all of which have performance categories.

As part of its recent annual spring Board of Trustees meeting, The Recording Academy®'s Trustees approved a number of changes to the GRAMMY Awards® process, including: allowing samples or interpolations of previously written songs in all songwriting categories, including Song Of The Year; and establishing a new category for Best American Roots Performance in the American Roots Music Field. There were other changes as well including restructuring the categories of the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field. The entire list of changes was announced here.

The first round of GRAMMY® Award submissions opens in July. If you wish to become a member of the Recording Academy, or renew an existing membership, you can do so here: https://www.grammy365.com/join/voting

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