Rapper Post Malone has been disqualified from the nominations for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards after some reportedly intense discussion within the Recording Academy. Cardi B is also ineligible for the award.
But why, exactly? Well, as reported by Pitchfork, disqualifying factors for Posty include the fact that his massive success was launched nearly two years ago with his 2016 debut, Stoney. Post has yet to receive a Grammy nomination.
The Recording Academy’s decision was first whispered about on Tuesday over at HITS Daily Double, the blog speculating that the moving Grammy goalposts were the result of a “heated battle on the screening committee.”
And those moving goalposts seem all too real. Especially when one considers last year’s New Artist winner, Alessia Cara, released her first hit in 2015. Indeed, that’s the same year Malone burst on the scene with “White Iverson.”
Cardi B’s likewise disqualified for previous success. She was up for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance last year, but both went to Kendrick Lamar. She was also submitted for 2018 Best New Artist but didn’t make the actual noms.
Is Post Malone rap or pop?
Interestingly, and echoing other recent award show genre kerfuffles, Post Malone’s latest album beerbongs & bentleys will be submitted under the pop categories for this year’s Grammy Awards, as opposed to the rap categories.
However, it’s yet to be seen if the album’s singles will be submitted as pop or rap. Dec. 5 finds the nominations announced. The ceremony itself takes place Feb. 10. This year, eight acts can be nominated for Best New Artist.
What do you think about Posty’s disqualification by the Academy for Best New Artist consideration? Would you consider either him or Cardi B a “new” recording artist? Sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts.