This Sunday Is the Last Day For Grammy Eligibility: What It Means for Potential 2018 Nominees


If you've seen that there appear to be extra big-ticket albums being launched this weekend than ordinary -- together with Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V, Logic's Young Sinatra IV and Kanye West's Yandhi, in addition to new efforts by legacy artists Chic, Loretta Lynn, Cher and Rod Stewart -- the timing may not be totally unintentional. 

This Sunday (Sept. 30) marks the tip of the eligibility interval for the upcoming Grammys -- that means that something launched after this weekend might be counted in the direction of the following yr's Grammy pool, and have to attend till the 2020 ceremonies to be probably acknowledged. That pertains to each new songs and new albums, so this week's New Music Friday playlist can also be full of massive releases simply getting in earlier than the ultimate bell, from the likes of Robyn ("Honey"), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ("Shallow") and the celebrity teaming of DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B ("Taki Taki"). 

Speaking of "Shallow," although: While the much-anticipated energy ballad might be eligible for this yr's nominations, the remainder of the A Star Is Born soundtrack is at present scheduled for Oct. 5, and thus might be included with the following yr's potential nominees. (For the report, A Star Is Born does have Grammy historical past: The soundtrack to the 1976 movie incarnation was nominated for greatest rating soundtrack for visible media in 1978 -- shedding to John Williams' iconic Star Wars rating -- whereas star Barbra Streisand's love theme "Evergreen" took house each track of the yr and greatest pop feminine vocal efficiency.) 

Other potential Grammy hopefuls who ought to simply miss the cutoff for this yr? Country star Eric Church's Desperate Man can also be on account of be launched subsequent Friday (Oct. 5), as is Twenty One Pilots' Trench -- although advance cuts from every (together with the Desperate Man title monitor and Trench's Rock Airplay-topping "Jumpsuit") may each issue on this yr's nominees. Robyn's Honey album will even have to attend, as will the self-titled debut set from rising R&B favourite Ella Mai, who may nonetheless discover her approach to nods this yr for her breakout smash "Boo'd Up," in addition to in the most effective new artist class. (Stadium rockers-to-be Greta Van Fleet can also garner greatest new artist consideration, regardless of official debut LP Anthem of the Peaceful Army not being due till Oct. 19.) 

On the flip aspect of this dialogue, after all, are the massive releases from the tip of 2017 who missed the eligibility cutoff for the awards that came about in February, and thus are nonetheless within the combine for this yr's nominations. The largest a type of would after all be the newest LP from the latest two-time album of the yr winner: Taylor Swfit's Reputation. In addition to that million-selling blockbuster, well-received albums from veteran pop stars P!nk (Beautiful Trauma), Kelly Clarkson (The Meaning of Life) and Sam Smith (The Thrill of It All) may additionally influence this yr's nominations, as may essential favorites from St. Vincent (MASSEDUCTION) and Miguel (War and Leisure). 

Will any pop procrastinators present up unexpectedly earlier than the Monday reduce off to get in underneath the wire for the 2019 ceremonies? Stay tuned the following 48 hours or so to search out out.