Cardi B and Post Malone are ineligible to compete for best new artist Grammy

Cardi was reportedly ineligible because she has received Grammy nominations in the past, while Malone’s denial became a subject of debate.

October 10, 2018
Cardi B and Post Malone are ineligible to compete for best new artist Grammy Cardi B (L) and Post Malone — Frazer Harrison, Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Post Malone and Cardi B will not be able to compete for a best new artist Grammy at next year's awards, the New York Times reports. The two stars were reportedly both submitted for the award but were declared ineligible to receive the nomination for different reasons, according to an anonymous person close to the situation.

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Cardi was denied based on the fact that she had received Grammy nominations in the past — best rap song, and best rap performance. The Times point out that the criteria to be nominated for the best new artist award says "any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer would not qualify."

Post Malone's ineligibility, however, became a subject of debate, the source says. While the Beerbongs & Bentleys rapper has never earned a Grammy nomination, a committee vote determined that he would not be eligible to be nominated for best new artist. The vote was reportedly carried out by industry players, and producers — some of whom said the success of Malone's earlier singles like "White Iverson" and "Congratulations," which released in 2015, put him past "new artist status."

Best new artist rules also state that an artist can be eligible up to three times for the award, as long as they have released only three albums or 30 songs.

The first round of voting for 2019 Grammy nominations will begin on October 17. More info here.

Cardi B and Post Malone are ineligible to compete for best new artist Grammy