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World Music becomes Global Music at the GRAMMYS, but has anything really changed? / The Boar

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On 3 November 2020, news broke that the Grammys had chosen to rename the category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music Album. In a statement released on the Grammys website on 9 November, the Recording Academy acknowledged the significance of the change in terminology. World Music is a contentious, colonial-rooted term in contrast to Global Music, which they describe as "more relevant, modern, and inclusive". While this change is a welcome and significant gesture, it does raise questions about whether or not the move is solely performative and if the rules that govern this revamped category are any different to those that governed that of the Best World Music one.

We can only wait and see how future nominations and awards play out in the Best Global Music Album category, starting with the 2021 Grammy nomination announcements on 24 November.

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