That’s an important step, not least because the Grammys has historically had a pretty narrow view of what constitutes global music, as producer Ian Brennan recently wrote for NPR. “Over two-thirds of the 197 nominations in the history of the global categories have been shared by just six nations: Brazil, India, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa – and the United States,” Brennan observes. He also notes that while the African continent has more than 50 countries, only 14 have had artists nominated for a Grammy.

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