New Grammy® World Music Category

Santa Mónica, USA – The Recording Academy® announced today that there will be a new World Music Grammy® category. World music is now represented by two categories in its own field: Best Traditional World Music Album and Best Contemporary World Music Album.

The Traditional World Music category will include recordings of international non-Western classical music and international non-American and non-British traditional folk music, as well as international cross-cultural music based on the above criteria. The Contemporary World Music category will include recordings of world/beat, world/jazz (with a higher percentage of world than jazz), world/pop and cross-cultural music with contemporary production techniques.This important change is the result of an intense lobbying campaign led by the American world music community, including World Music Central and the World Music Coalition, a new organization that seeks the advancement of world music in North America.