So the Grammys have ‘dropped’ the ‘Urban’ music category. What took them so long?

Change occurs, even if it is painfully slow. On June 10th the Grammys announced that they would rebrand the Best Urban Contemporary Album as Best Progressive R&B Album. A group of music executives – the Black Music Coalition, The Show Must Be Paused UK and staff from Warner, Universal, Atlantic, Columbia, Sony and Ministry of Sound, among others – also signed an open letter imploring the industry to drop the word ‘Urban’. This has been a bone of contention for some time: last week Republic Records dropped the ugly and reductive term, following protest from Tyler, the Creator this year and more recent condemnation from Billie Eilish. (For some reason, though, the Grammy has retained the word in the Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album category. What’s that about?)…


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