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Five new categories have been added to the Grammys by the Recording Academy.

The new non-classical songwriter category will recognise one individual who was the most prolific non-performing and non-producing songwriter for a body of new work during an eligibility year.

The new category is not to be confused with the song of the year category which awards the songwriter or songwriters who wrote lyrics or melodies to one song.

The requirements to be nominated in this category are straightforward: Songwriters must have written a minimum of five songs in which they are credited “solely” as a songwriter or co-writer.

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Junior told The Associated Press that somebody who writes their own music and records it would not be eligible.

“They would have to be doing songs for others. We want to highlight the craft of writing songs professionally for artists. Nothing happens without songwriters. For us, this was a no-brainer. It’s an alignment with all the changes.”

The four other categories that have been added include best-spoken world poetry album, alternative music performance, Americana music performance, and score soundtrack for video games and other interactive media.

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