Cardi B and Post Malone are both ineligible to compete in the Best New Artist category at the next Grammy Awards, the New York Times reports. Both were reportedly submitted for the award but were deemed ineligible for separate reasons.
Cardi B is not eligible to be nominated for award due to her two previous nominations at the 2018 edition of the Grammys (Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, both for “Bodak Yellow”). The awards state that “any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer” would not qualify.
As for Post Malone, he has not received any Grammy nominations to date, but his eligibility was debated extensively, according to the Times’ anonymous source. Losing in a vote of music industry players ranging from executives to producers to publicists, the rapper was ultimately deemed ineligible for the nomination. According to the source, some felt that Malone had already past new artist status, due to the success of his 2016 debut album “Stoney” and his hit songs “Congratulations” and “White Iverson.”
The Grammy rules for best new artist additionally state that an artist can be eligible up to three times for the award, as long as they have released only three albums or 30 songs.
The first round of voting for 2019 Grammy nominations is set to begin October 17. For more information, read the full New York Times report.
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