Thursday, June 9, 2022
– The Recording added five new GRAMMY Awards categories to be awarded at the 2023 GRAMMYs, including Best Americana Performance.
These changes come through the Recording Academy's annual process of accepting proposals from the music creators and professionals that make up its membership body, and as part of the organization's commitment to evolve with the ever-changing musical landscape.
"We're so excited to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly established awards and amendments, and to continue cultivating an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration," Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. said. "The Academy's top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry."
"We are thrilled the Recording Academy has created the Best Americana Performance category to be included in the 65th Grammy Awards," says Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "This recognition is an important milestone for the ever-rising Americana community and the artists we love."
This new category complements already established Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song, where artists may submit their Americana work for recognition.
Other new categories are Songwriter Of The Year (Non-Classical), Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media categories, Best Spoken Word Poetry, Best Alternative Music Performance and a new Special Merit Award for Best Song For Social Change