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Nailah Blackman has been invited to become a member of the Recording Academy Class of 2020.

The granddaughter of Soca inventor Ras Shorty I, Blackman was among 2300 musicians, singers, producers and engineers all over the world who were invited to join the Academy.

She made the announcement via her Instagram account on Saturday.

Members of the Recording Academy have voting rights for the Grammy Awards and can submit their work for Grammy consideration, among other things.

"This class was selected by a committee of industry peers based on exceptional contributions to the music community," the Academy said on its website.

According to the Academy, the new class comprises 48 percent female and 48 percent male with 51 percent aged 39 and under.

"We talk about Soca being global but as artistes, it is important that we become a part of a global community of artistes such as the Recording Academy to ensure our genre of music has an impact and moves to the forefront of the conversation. This is how we put Soca in the conversation for Grammy consideration," said Blackman.

The newly invited members have to accept the invitation by September 15 to be eligible to vote for the upcoming Grammys, which are currently scheduled for January 31, 2021.

The original article can be found here.

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