The Grammy Awards Are Changing the Name of Their "Best Urban Contemporary" Album Category

It’s been less than five months since the 2020 Grammy Awards took place, and already the Recording Academy is making changes to their category set up ahead of the 63rd annual airing of the program. In light of recent events, award show’s categories are getting a much needed update to the “urban” categories which have historically placed black and brown musicians into a box.

The Best Urban Contemporary category—aka the award that Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You won earlier this year—is now going to be called the Best Progressive R&B Album category in an effort to “appropriately categorize and describe this subgenre” as well as acknowledge albums that feature song and production elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, pop, euro-pop, country, rock, folk and alternative music.

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