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Grammys Dump ‘Urban’ Category to Make Awards More Inclusive

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The Recording Academy, facing pressure to be more inclusive, is changing the name of the “urban contemporary” Grammy award as part of a shake-up with the music industry’s biggest prizes.

The Grammys’ best urban contemporary album category will now be called progressive R&B, and the best rap/sung performance category will now be called best melodic rap performance. The academy also adjusted the qualifications for best new artist, and will require members of the nominating committee to disclose conflicts of interest.