In the last year, both Cardi B and Post Malone rose to the top of the music world, with Post’s catchy blend of pop, country, and hip-hop, and Cardi B and her upbeat, women’s empowerment-esque rap songs. Next year, the artists won’t be competing for the Best New Artist Category at the 2019 Grammys.
Reportedly, Cardi B earned two nominations at this year’s award’s ceremony, and for that reason, she is no longer eligible due to her past nominations.
Due to the constantly shifting musical landscape, the Grammys have had to change and restructure rules to fit the modern mold.
The committee decided they would change the Best New Artist category as well, thus, artists who have received the nomination before can’t get it the following year.
Due to the fact that she had enough music to be eligible for the award this season, she won’t be entitled to the same award in 2019. This past year, Alessia Cara received the Best New Artist award, in the face of other nominations like SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and Khalid.
Post Malone didn’t earn a nomination this past year, but his name was submitted for inclusion. Unfortunately for the Stoney singer, he won’t get a chance at winning the honor.
Truthfully, Post Malone first garnered success with his 2016 debut, Stoney, so qualifying for Best New Artist should be out of reach, considering he’s no longer new.
Moreover, Malone’s latest record, beerbongs and Bentleys, was pushed out of the rap category, and was instead, listed as pop. Some have criticized the move, while others have pointed out that seldom does Post actually rap; he usually just sings.
The rap category has incredible competition in the next year, as the chart’s biggest selling albums have typically been rap-oriented, including the likes of Lil’ Wayne, XXXTentacion, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Drake, and then Eminem.