Last month, Latin Recording Academy CEO Manuel Abud and the regional president for Spain’s Andalusia region announced that the Latin Grammy awards would be leaving the United States for the first time in its history. They will be held in Seville, Spain this year.
“That the Latin Grammys will leave the United States for the first time is reason for special celebration, and what better place to hold them than Andalusia,” Abud said as per the Associated Press.
Though this ruffled some feathers, the Academy is proceeding with its decision. To continue making history-making decisions, they recently shared that they added new categories to the Latin Grammys. Amendments have also been made to existing categories.
The adjustments are part of the Academy’s commitment to “evolve with the ever-changing musical landscape and to best serve its membership body of music creators and professionals,” the organization said in an official statement.
The changes are as follows:
NEW LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS CATEGORIES ADDED
Best Singer-Songwriter Song
To be eligible for this new category within the Singer-Songwriter Field, the singles or tracks must contain at least 51% of the lyrics in Spanish, Portuguese or any native regional dialect, and must be from a Singer-Songwriter Album competing in the Singer-Songwriter Album Category that year.
Best Portuguese-Language Urban Performance
This new category within the Portuguese Language Field recognizes the enormous amount of Urban music that is being created in Brazil and Portugal. The singles or tracks can include a fusion mix of Urban styles with other genres as long as the Urban character predominates.
ADDITIONAL CATEGORY AMENDMENTS
Album Of The Year
Albums within the General Field must contain at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. Award to the Artist, Producer(s), Engineer(s), Mixer(s), Mastering Engineer(s) and Songwriter(s) of 33% playing time of the album if other than the Artist will receive the award.
It is now required to include the date of composition when submitting product for all of the Song categories.
New Criteria For Best Engineered Album
Award goes to Recording Engineer(s) and Mixing Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% of the album and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 51% of the album within the Production Field.
All updates go into effect immediately for the upcoming 24th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® taking place in November. The Online Entry Process for this year’s Latin GRAMMYs opens on Thursday, March 23, 2023. For full details on the new additions and updates please visit LatinGRAMMY.com.