The 2024 Grammy Awards are set to be historic after the Academy announced that three new categories will be introduced. These categories include Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album, and Best Pop Dance Recording. The Best African Music Performance award will also be presented on stage for the first time at the 66th Grammys.
According to a news report by the chart news platform Chart Data, 122 songs were submitted for the Best African Music Performance category. A Billboard article released after the creation of the new African category shortlisted Adekunle Gold’s ‘Party No Dey Stop’, Davido’s ‘Unavailable’, and Asake’s ‘2:30’ among the front runners to be nominated for the newly created African category.
With the addition of a new African category, fans are hopeful that more Nigerian artists will be included in the list of Grammy nominations alongside the likes of King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Made Kuti, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Tems.
In anticipation of the announcement of the nomination list on November 10th, the Academy has released a video emphasizing the significance of members’ votes and how their decisions can shape the future of the music industry.