SO WHY WASNT NICKI MINAJ A GRAMMY NOMINEE FOR BEST NEW ARTIST?
You might be wondering why 2010 breakthrough artists like Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars are not Grammy nominees for this years ‘Best New Artist’ category. The problem is related to the strict Grammy eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible for that category an artist has to release one album as the featured performer by a certain deadline. Nicki and Bruno’s debut albums missed that cut off date, which was September 30th, 2010.
Oh well Barbiez there is always next year!
These stern regulations are the same reason why Drake wasn’t nominated for the “Best New Artist” Grammy category last year. His debut album Thank Me Later missed last years cut off date as well. His album was pushed back so many times that it wasn’t released until May 25th, 2010! So even though we think of Drake as breaking out in 2009, he couldn’t be nominated for the “Best New Artist” award until this upcoming 2010 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Good luck Drizzy!