La Latin Recording Academy, organizer of the Latin Grammys, announced this Tuesday, March 21, two new categories, one of them for songs in the Portuguese language and a new area in these awards, in addition to changes in the existing ones, in order to accompany the "constant evolution" of music, highlighted EFE.
“Our commitment is to serve and properly represent Latin music creators,” Manuel Abud, executive director of the Miami-based Academy, said in a statement two days before the start of the nomination process for the awards edition. corresponding to 2023.
One of the novelties is the creation of a Composition Area, to recognize "written excellence, the profession and the art of songwriting."
Candidate songwriters in that area must have a minimum of six newly written songs for which they receive credit as a songwriter or co-songwriter and for which they are not a performer, producer or engineer, the statement said.
The new categories are Best Song by a Songwriter and Best Urban Performance in the Portuguese Language.
To be eligible for the new category in the Singer-Songwriter Area, at least 51% of the lyrics on the single or track must be in Spanish, Portuguese, or any regional autochthonous dialect and must be from a current album by a competing singer-songwriter. the Singer-Songwriter Album category that year.
The new category within the Portuguese Language Area "recognizes the enormous amount of urban music that is being created in Brazil and Portugal," underlines the Latin Grammys.
Fusion of urban styles
The singles or cuts of this new category of the Latin Grammy can include a fusion of urban styles with other genres as long as the urban character predominates.
In addition, the Academy announced a change in the Album of the Year category, which states that at least 51% of the total time for albums in the General Area must be newly recorded material.
Awarded to the artist or to the producer(s), engineer(s), mixer(s), mastering(s) and songwriter(s) of 33% of the total time on the album if not granted by the artist themselves receives.
In Song categories, it is now mandatory to include the date of composition when submitting a product.
There are also new criteria for Best Recording Engineering for an Album, since "it is awarded to the accredited recording engineer(s) and mixing engineer(s) with at least 33% of the album and masterizer( es) credited with at least 51% of the album within the Production Area”.
All updates will take effect immediately for the next annual awards ceremony, which will take place in November in a city not yet officially announced, although it has been reported that Seville (Spain) is being considered.