The Grammy Awards 2012 will change the look for next year’s awards. They now will not distinguish between male and female. Here is a look at what the categories will be.
Here is a look at what the categories will be.
|GOSPEL FIELD||GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD|
|Best Gospel Performance||Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance|
|Best Gospel Song||Best Gospel Song|
|Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album||Best Contemporary Christian Music Song|
|Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album||Best Gospel Album|
|Best Southern, Country Or Bluegrass Gospel Album||Best Contemporary Christian Music Album|
|Best Traditional Gospel Album|
|Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album|
With the categories of “Traditional” and “Best R&B” removed there will be a loss of understanding of distinction. Choirs who are considered traditional, will no longer be judged against peers but against other performers. Unfortunately, I believe this means that artists who fall exclusively into one category or another will lose. Traditional gospel may not appeal to mass audiences, but can produce excellent albums. Surely, the musical powers that be will grasp that not all things are the same. I have very little faith in the fact that this is true . People who sing traditional arrangements will not be given as much attention as it is not as commercial as the song that is a crossover hit. Contemporary Christian will be a catch all for Gospel and that will change the landscape. It will make the assumption that “one size fits all”.