Cardi B & Post Malone Aren’t Eligible for Best New Artist Grammy

Lewis Collier
October 12, 2018

Nominations for the 2019 edition of the awards show will only be announced on December 5 but we already know that Cardi B and Post Malone will not be facing off to crown the "Best New Artist". The awards state that "any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer" would not qualify.

Sources told the AP that the New York City native, who celebrated her 26th birthday Tuesday, was submitted as a best new artist contender for the 2018 Grammys but was passed over in lieu of artists SZA, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and eventual victor Alessia Cara. The show will be aired on 10 February 2019. She was up for for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance past year but both went to Kendrick Lamar.

Post Malone has reportedly been removed from the Hip-Hop category at this year's Grammy category.

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Post Malone has never before been up for a Grammy, but after deliberation, the Academy's members decided he was beyond the level of popularity and success usually reserved for Best New Artist status. She was also submitted for 2018 Best New Artist. Losing in a vote of music industry players ranging from executives to producers to publicists, the rapper was ultimately deemed ineligible for the nomination. Winning a Grammy award is a dream for most artists and while many won't ever be nominated, two names were expected to be on the ballot for "Best New Artist" at the upcoming ceremony.

Sources told the AP that Grammy officials and music execs went back at forth on whether or not to let Malone contend for the best new artist at the 2019 Grammys.

The best rap album category is expected to feature stiff competition since the genre has heavily dominated the pop charts in the past year, with albums by Drake, Eminem, XXXTentacion, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and Migos being proposed as possible nominees.

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