Cardi B and Post Malone both made huge breakthroughs in the music industry within the past year, yet neither rapper will be competing in the Best New Artist category at next year’s Grammy Awards.
According to an Associated Press report, one reason has to do with some rule changes stipulating that “any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer” is now ineligible to be nominated in that category.
So because Cardi B received Grammy nominations at this year’s awards, she won’t qualify for a Best New Artist nod; according to an anonymous source, Cardi B was actually entered to compete in that category for the 2018 awards, but did not receive a nomination (the award was ultimately won by Canada’s own Alessia Cara).
Post Malone was likewise submitted for the category at this year’s awards and wasn’t nominated, yet given that he didn’t receive any nominations it would seem that he would be eligible to be nominated in the category in 2019.
However, the rapper’s inclusion for next year’s awards was “met with debate” during a Grammy meeting, the source told AP, due to the fact that his hit album Stoney was released in 2016, while hit singles “Congratulations” and “White Iverson” were released in 2015. A vote was reportedly taken, with Malone deemed ineligible for a Best New Artist nomination.
The 2019 Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 10, 2019.