Grammys Renames “Urban Contemporary” , Several Others

The Grammy Awards on Wednesday June 10 announced some changes renaming some of its category names, including changing “urban contemporary” to “progressive R&B.” This comes on the heels of the Republic Records announcing it would stop using the term “urban” to describe “departments, employee titles and music genres.” Most noticeably amongst changes made was the “Best Urban Contemporary Album” to “Best Progressive R&B Album,” a move intended “to describe the merit or characteristics of music compositions or performances themselves,” according to a press release, quoted by Pitchfork.
The category formerly known as “Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album” has had its “urban” designation removed, though “Latin Pop” has been renamed “Latin Pop and Urban.” When reached by Pitchfork, a Recording Academy representative said that the “Latin Pop and Urban” designation could still be amended going forward, the site reports.

The move comes five days after Republic Records announced it would stop using the term “urban” to describe “departments, employee titles, and music genres.” Recall presently the call by Black Lives Matter protests has affected the entertainment industry including the music industry to adjust structure.


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