The Grammys are considering adding an Afrobeats category to the show, sources tell Billboard. The group would be the first act of that genre to be eligible in this year’s ceremony, which traditionally does not offer separate categories for African-American and Black music.
The Afrobeats category also would include the likes of Akilah, YBN Cordae, and Konshensi.
While some are surprised by the Grammy’s consideration of an Afrobeats category, its not so shocking considering the amount of interest in the genre, including the emergence of its latest member the group X.
The Grammy’s Afrobeats category would give Beyonce a platform she didn’t have before, and it might be a platform to sell more albums from the group, in addition to its hit song “Formation.”
A look at Beyonce and Jay Z’s history
Beyonce and Jay Z’s friendship began during Jay’s tenure as host of Saturday Night Live in 2002. It began when Beyonce performed at the rapper’s show and the two struck up a friendship from there.
Jay and Beyonce were married in April 2013. They have four children together. Beyonce is a mom of twins, Jay Z and his wife, Khloe Kardashian.
In January, Beyonce, Jay Z, Jay Z’s wife, Khloe Kardashian, daughter Blue Ivy and rapper Future released The Lion King: The Gift. In June of 2017, Blue was given the name Beyoncé Knowles-Carter in honor of her father and the song is titled “Spirit.”
They previously released their collaborative album 4:44 in 1999.