The Recording Academy announced results from its semiannual Board of Trustees meeting, which included electing national officers and adding an additional category in the Gospel field for the Grammy Awards, among other items.
Music television producer Terry Lickona, who has worked on “Austin City Limits” for more than 30 years, was appointed chairman of the Board of Trustees; multi-platinum producer and Grammy winner Jimmy Jam was elected vice chairman; music publisher Richard Perna was appointed secretary/treasurer and previous Academy chairman Daniel Carlin is now chairman emeritus.
In addition, a new category was added in the existing Gospel Field for Best Gospel Song. A song with a melody and lyrics is eligible in this new category if it was first released in the current eligibility year and is either a new song or a song which first achieved prominence during the eligibility year. The Grammy will be awarded to the songwriter. This brings the total number of Grammy Awards in February 2006 to 108.
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