Grammys: Cardi B, Post Malone Won't Compete for Best New Artist

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Nominees shall be introduced on Dec. 5, with eight acts vying for brand spanking new artist as a substitute of the same old 5.

Cardi B and Post Malone marked main breakthroughs within the final yr, however the rap stars gained't compete for finest new artist on the 2019 Grammy Awards. Cardi B, who earned two nominations at this yr's Grammys held in February, was not eligible for nomination due to her earlier nominations. The Grammys, which has adjusted the foundations of finest new artist through the years to maintain up with the altering musical panorama, state that "any artist with a earlier Grammy nomination as a performer" wouldn't qualify.

If Cardi B had not launched an album across the time she earned her first pair of nominations for "Bodak Yellow," she may have certified. But as a result of she had sufficient music to be eligible for finest new artist on the 2018 present and earned prior nominations, she was not certified to enter the class.

An individual acquainted with the state of affairs, who spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of they weren't allowed to publicly focus on the subject, mentioned Cardi B was submitted for finest new artist at this yr's present, although she didn't earn a nomination. The award went to Alessia Cara, whereas nominees included SZA, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert and Julia Michaels.

Post Malone was additionally submitted for finest new artist at this yr's present however didn't garner a nomination. Because he had by no means earned a Grammy nomination, he met the factors to be a finest new artist contender for the upcoming awards present, however at a Grammy nominations assembly held this month his inclusion within the class was met with debate, the particular person mentioned. Malone misplaced in a vote by music trade gamers — starting from executives to producers to publicists — and won't compete for the coveted honor.

Some felt as a result of the hitmaker had success together with his 2016 debut, Stoney, in addition to the hit songs "Congratulations" and "White Iverson" — launched in 2015 — he had already previous new artist standing. A consultant for Post Malone declined remark Wednesday (Oct. 10). A consultant for Cardi B didn't instantly reply to a request for remark.

The first spherical of voting for the 2019 Grammy nominations begins Oct. 17. Nominees shall be introduced Dec. 5 and finest new artist will embody eight contenders as a substitute of 5 for the primary time. The present airs stay on Feb. 10. The finest new artist guidelines state that an artist might be submitted thrice and is eligible as long as they've solely launched three albums or 30 tracks. Some artists, for instance, earned nominations with second and third albums since these information marked their main breakthroughs as rising acts on the music scene.

Malone was additionally a sizzling matter on the Grammys assembly for his latest album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which was kicked out of the rap class and pushed into the pop style, the supply mentioned. Best rap album nominees should comprise 51 % or extra of rap music, and the Grammys rap committee felt Beerbongs leaned extra towards the pop style with its the manufacturing, sound and melodies. The various album additionally consists of singing, parts of R&B and rock and veers outdoors of rap with songs just like the guitar-tinged "Stay."

The particular person mentioned the bigger Grammys committee listened to the whole 18-track album — which incorporates the No. 1 hits "Rockstar" and "Psycho" in addition to "Better Now," at present No. four on Billboard's Hot 100 chart — and voted that it could compete in pop as a substitute of rap. The finest rap album class is predicted to characteristic stiff competitors because the style has closely dominated the pop charts within the final yr, with albums by Drake, Eminem, XXXTentacion, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and Migos being proposed as potential nominees.

It was not clear the place Malone's singles would land — they may seem in rap or pop, or each. Over the years increasingly more musicians have had songs from a single album seem in numerous style classes. Beyoncé's Lemonade album had tracks compete in rock, pop, R&B and rap classes, whereas Justin Timberlake and Rihanna's nominations have ranged through the years from dance to pop to R&B to rap.