O número de álbuns a serem considerados para o Grammy de Melhor Álbum de Reggae em 2023 desceu drasticamente para 67, em vez dos 125 do ano passado.
Cristy Barber, produtora e executiva musical, tem apelado mais uma vez para manter a categoria do Reggae viva neste prémios.
“I have expressed my concern in the decline in numbers, because you never really know what the Recording Academy is gonna do. In the past, they’ve been infamous for taking away categories. Now they’re bringing some in but they’re changing names and there are new ones; adding categories to stronger fields”, referiu Barber à “DancehallMag”.
“I’m concerned that with those submission rates we might fall into the World Music category which is now the global category. That’s where Soca sits, Afrobeats sits…any music from all over the world sits. There’s a lot of submissions there but we could really get lost in the sauce if we end up losing out category. I think again, the only thing we can do to preserve it is [to] strengthen our numbers. Making sure people educate themselves on this process, becoming voting members, becoming more involved with the Recording Academy—but it’s something I’ve been saying since 2004 and now it’s 2022 and this is where we’re at so it’s just proof in the pudding. If you’re not part of the process, there are other things that could possibly happen”.
A cerimónia dos Grammys 2023 acontece no domingo, dia 5 de Fevereiro, na Crypto.com Arena, em Los Angeles, e vai ser transmitida pela CBS Television Network.