The Grammys will soon add an award for ‘Best Song for Social Change’, saying recipients of the honor will encourage ‘peacebuilding and empathy’.
The best song for social change will be a special merit award determined by a blue ribbon committee, the Recording Academy announced Thursday.
“Submissions must contain lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes understanding,” the band said.
The addition of the award was one of several developments the Recording Academy unveiled on Thursday, including the establishment of Grammys for Songwriter of the Year and “Best Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Media interactive”, as well as other rule changes.
Three other new categories were introduced: Best Americana Performance, Best Alternative Music Performance, and Best Spoken Poetry Album.
The new trophies will be presented as part of the 65th annual Grammy Awards, scheduled for next year.
The changes, the Recording Academy said, were made after its “annual process of accepting proposals from music creators and professionals who make up its membership body, and as part of the organization’s commitment to evolve. with the ever-changing musical landscape”.
“We are thrilled to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly created awards and edits,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason said in a statement, “and to continue to cultivate an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration”.
Updated at 12:01 p.m.