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Cardi B and Post Malone ineligible for Best New Artist Grammy

12 October 2018

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.

Cardi was denied based on the fact that she had received Grammy nominations in the past - best rap song, and best rap performance.

Industry insiders predict Cardi will also earn several Grammy Award nods when the Recording Academy announces the nominations for the 61st annual ceremony.

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

In a 2017 post explaining the process of selecting a Best New Artist nominee, the Academy described the category as having "the most complicated set of rules of any" other. Losing in a vote of music industry players ranging from executives to producers to publicists, the rapper was ultimately deemed ineligible for the nomination. In making their ruling, they pointed to Post Malone's chart-topping 2016 debut album, Stoney, on which hits like "Congratulations" and "White Iverson" appear.

The first round of Grammy nominee voting begins next week (Oct. 17), and there will be eight nominees in the BNA category, not five.

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The Grammy rules for best new artist additionally 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.

Malone was also a hot topic at the Grammys meeting for his recent album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which was kicked out of the rap category and pushed into the pop genre, the source said.

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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Cardi B and Post Malone ineligible for Best New Artist Grammy