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Grammy Category Restructured


Grammy Award originally called Gramophone Award

With the recent announcement of the Grammy nominees, everyone is excited. Not everyone may be aware though that there has been a restructuring of the categories for the 54th Grammy Awards. On April 6, 2011, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences brought the categories down to 78 from 109.

Disco, Folk and Polka are now defunct fields. Here’s a list of the current categories with those previously awarded noted at the end of each genre.

General Field
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist

Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Instrumental Album

Previously Awarded
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Performance by a Vocal Group
Best Performance by a Chorus
Best Instrumental Performance
Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance – Male or Female
Best Contemporary Performance by a Chorus
Best Performance by an Orchestra – for Dancing
Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra – Primarily Not Jazz or for Dancing
Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Vocal Coloring
Best Contemporary Song

Traditional Pop
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Best Dance Recording (previously in Pop)
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Best Rock Performance
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

Previously Awarded
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance

Best Alternative Music Album

Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album

Previously Awarded
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording

Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album

Previously Awarded
Best Rap Solo Performance
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Female Rap Solo Performance
Best Male Rap Solo Performance

Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

Previously awarded
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Country Performance, Duo or Group – Vocal or Instrumental
Best Country & Western Recording
Best New Country & Western Artist

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Previously awarded
Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
Best Original Jazz Composition
Best Latin Jazz Album
Best Contemporary Jazz Album

New Age
Best New Age Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Best Gospel Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Previously Awarded:
Gospel Field

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Rock Gospel Album
Best Traditional Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album
Best Gospel Performance, Traditional
Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary
Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Female
Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male
Best Gospel Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
Best Soul Gospel Performance
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female
Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
Best Inspirational Performance

Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album
Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album
Best Banda or Norteño Album
Best Tropical Latin Album

Previously awarded
Best Latin Recording
Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock/Alternative or Urban Album
Best Regional Mexican Album
Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
Best Banda Album
Best Norteño Album
Best Tejano Album
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Merengue Album
Best Salsa Album
Best Salsa/Merengue Album

American Roots Field
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album

Previously Awarded
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Traditional Folk Album
Best Contemporary Folk Album
Best Hawaiian Music Album
Best Native American Music Album
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album

Best Reggae Album

World Music
Best World Music Album

Previously Awarded
Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album

Spoken Word
Best Spoken Word Album

Previously Awarded
Best Spoken Comedy Album

Best Children’s Album

Previously Awarded
Best Musical Album for Children
Best Spoken Word Album for Children
Best Album for Children

Best Comedy Album

Previously Awarded
Best Spoken Comedy Album

Musical Theater
Best Musical Theater Album

Previously awarded Musical Show Field
Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television

Music for Visual Media
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media (Previously in the “Composing and Arranging” field)
Best Score Soundtrack Album for Visual Media (Previously in the “Composing and Arranging” field)

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Previously Awarded
Best Arrangement
Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices

Best Historical Album
Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Best Album Notes

Previously Awarded Packaging/Notes
Best Album Notes – Classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Best Remixed Recording
Best Surround Sound Album
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical

Previously Awarded
Best Engineered Recording – Special or Novel Effects
Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical

Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Classical Vocal Solo
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Previously Awarded
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)
Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral
Best Classical Performance – Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with or without orchestra)
Best New Classical Artist
Best Chamber Music Performance
Best Classical Album
Best Classical Crossover Album

Music Video
Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Previously Awarded
Best Concept Music Video
Best Performance Music Video
Video of the Year

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