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From Associate Content: The Recording Academy changed the eligibility requirements for Best New Artist.
Previously, the academy ruled that artists were not eligible for Best New Artist if they had ever received a Grammy nomination in any category. Though at first it seems reasonable, the rule limits many artists from competing in this category.
Last year, Lady Gaga fans were surprised to find out that the singer was unable to compete given her single, “Just Dance” was nominated the previous year. The incident helped the academy realize the flaw and the need for change. As Yahoo stated, “Grammy rules dictated that artists could be considered for Best New Artist only when they released a full album. But when those artists finally did release their debut albums, they weren’t eligible for Best New Artist because they had previously received Grammy nominations in other categories.”
Therefore in response, Neil Portnow, the president and chief executive of the Recording Academy spoke on the change, admitting to Sify, “Every year we diligently examine our awards process to ensure that it remains relevant within the current musical landscape.”
This issue was revisited and changed for the awards which allows Drake and Kid Cudi to compete, when otherwise they would not have been allowed to. This category will feature: Susan Boyle, Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, and B.o.B.
While the important Best New Artist category did provide more leeway, certain artists such as Lady Gaga are not able to compete given The next Grammy Awards will take place on February 13, 2011.
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