Cue the violins: All of the 2019 Grammy Awards snubs have been revealed, with nominations officially announced on Friday, Nov. 7. And although many great albums and artists got recognition, there were also some fan favorites — including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and The Carters (AKA Beyoncé and JAY-Z) — who were overlooked for the chance to take home a gilded gramophone trophy in some significant categories.
While Ariana Grande certainly didn’t go entirely overlooked, having scored two nominations, Arianators may be upset that her latest chart-topper "Thank U, Next" was shutout from the 2019 awards show. But before any high ponytails get all in a twist, don’t forget that the Grammys nomination criteria states that only music released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 was eligible. Sadly, the song’s November drop missed the deadline, but, hey, there’s always next year.
Timing also may have played a hand in Taylor Swift only earning one nod. The 10-time Grammy winner released her latest album Reputation in November 2017, and so, yes, it was technically eligible for nomination this year, but by the time the 61st Annual Grammy Awards air on Feb. 10, the album will have been out for nearly a year and a half. Plus, it’s worth nothing that Reputation’s lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do” was eligible for a nomination last year but did not receive any recognition from the Recording Academy.
Of course, Cardi B wasn’t included in the Best New Artist category, despite her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy dropping this April. The reason? The "Bodak Yellow" rapper had earned two Grammy nods at last year’s show.. According to Billboard, the Grammys has adjusted the Best New Artist rules over the years, and they now state that "any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer" would not qualify.
Post Malone also did not earn a Best New Artist, but he did earn several other important nods. As also reported by Billboard (via an anonymous source), the "Rockstar" rapper "was also submitted for best new artist at this year’s show but didn’t garner a nomination." The debate, it seemed, was that, yes, Post Malone’s 2018 album Beerbongs & Bentleys was his breakout, but he did also previously release an album called Stoney in December 2016.
And while "Shallow" — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s lead single from A Star Is Born — was eligible for nominations this year and succeeded, the movie’s full soundtrack wasn’t released until after the Sept. 30 deadline. “We didn’t want to release the soundtrack before the movie because the soundtrack really is the story of the film," producer Lynette Howell explained to The Hollywood Reporter.
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