Post Malone Reportedly "Kicked Out" Of Hip-Hop Category At Grammys

Angelo Anderson
October 12, 2018

Cardi B and Post Malone are both ineligible to compete in the Best New Artist category at the next Grammy Awards, the New York Times reports.

The Bronx native born Belcalis Almánzar was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 2018 Grammys in January.

Those "moving goalposts" seem all too real when one considers that last year's Best New Artist, Alessia Cara, released her first hit in 2015. The show will be aired on 10 February 2019. 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 was also submitted for best new artist at this year's show but didn't garner a nomination.

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.

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. 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.

Initial Grammy votes will be cast October 17, with nominations slated to be revealed December 5.

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.

A source told AP that Best rap album nominees must contain 51 percent or more of rap music, and the Grammys rap committee felt "Beerbongs" leaned more toward the pop genre with its the production, sound and melodies.

Cardi B has been racking up trophies all year.

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