The Grammy Awards Just Changed the Name of Their “Best Urban Contemporary” Album Category

The 2021 Grammy Awards are taking place in two months, and the Recording Academy made some v important changes to its category setup ahead of the 63rd annual airing of the program. In light of recent events (see: the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests), the awards show just made changes to their “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 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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