Nominations for the 2019 edition of the awards show will only be announced on December 5 but we already know that Cardi B and Post Malone will not be facing off to crown the "Best New Artist". In Cardi's case, her ineligibility stems from the fact that she earned Grammy nominations in the past - she nabbed Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance nods for "Bodak Yellow" at the 2018 Grammys. However, it appears, Cardi won't be eligible to compete as a Best New Artist contender.
The 2019 Grammys will air from Los Angeles February 10. The Grammys, which has adjusted the rules of best new artist over the years to keep up with the changing musical landscape, state that "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. 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".
The first round of Grammy nominee voting begins next week (Oct. 17), and there will be eight nominees in the BNA category, not five. Winning a Grammy award is a dream for most artists and while many won't ever be nominated, two names were expected to be on the ballot for "Best New Artist" at the upcoming ceremony.
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. Unfortunately for Cardi B and Post Malone, however, they won't be eligible for any of those coveted spots.