Polo G wasn’t the only rapper to build in the past few years to be deemed eligible. Youngboy Never Broke Again and Moneybagg Yo, who both released their first albums in 2018, are also on the list of 463 artists eligible for Best New Artist at the 64th annual Grammy Awards. The first round of voting opened on Friday (October 22) and ends on November 5.
Some pop artists who have been building for a while are also eligible. Ava Max, whose “Sweet but Psycho” reached the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 in June 2019, is eligible, as is Surfaces, whose “Sunday Best” was first released in 2019, although it did not become a success only in 2020.
Morgan Wallen – whose second album, Dangerous: the double album, topped the Billboard 200 for 10 weeks, but mired in controversy over its use of the N word – not on the eligibility list. While the controversy surely did not help his case here, the committee may have simply decided that his notoriety before this year of eligibility was too great: his “whiskey glasses” exceeded the year-end tally. of Country Airplay 2019 songs, and “Chasin ‘You” clinched # 1 in 2020.
Other notable artists missing from the list include Bo Burnham (who was trying to become the first comedian to receive Best New Artist since Robin Williams 42 years ago), 24kGoldn, Flo Milli, Don Toliver, Clairo, Conan Gray and Snoh Aalegra.
Several hip and new artists were not eligible to compete for Best New Artist this year as they have already received Grammy nominations as performers. These include GIVĒON, Jack Harlow, Mickey Guyton and Kali Uchis.
The eligibility list includes many artists who have been nominated in categories equivalent to other awards show, including Jimmie Allen and HARDY, who, like Gabby Barrett, are new Artist of the Year nominees at the upcoming CMA Awards. ; Coi Leray, Latto and Pooh Shiesty, who were nominated for Best New Artist at the 2021 BET Awards; Yung Bleu (who won) and Blxst, Leray and Morray, all of whom were nominated for Best New Hip Hop Artist at the BET Hip Hop Awards; and Arlo Parks (who won) and Celeste, who was nominated for Revolutionary Artist at the Brit Awards.
Several K-pop acts are on the eligibility list. In addition to BLACKPINK, they include Tomorrow x Together, Monsta X, and Twice.
Other trendy artists on the eligibility list include Tate McRae, Walker Hayes, Glass Animals, Anitta, Ashe, Baby Keem, Madison Beer, Rina Sawayama, Julien Baker, Girl in Red, Breland, 42 Dugg, G Herbo, Japanese Breakfast, Jxdn, LANY, Duncan Laurence, Kiana Ledé, Lil Tecca, Masked Wolf, Niko Moon, NLE Choppa, Queen Naija, Pa Salieu, Elvie Shane, Tai Verdes and Rod Wave.
Finneas, the brother of 2019 winner Billie Eilish, and Ryan Hurd, the husband of 2016 contestant Maren Morris, are both on the entry list this year. Finneas won eight Grammys for his work with Eilish but not as a performer. According to Grammy rules: “Not eligible: any artist who has previously been nominated for the Grammy as a performer. “
This year’s top 463 new eligible artist nominees are the highest in eight years. There were 670 eligible artists in 2013 – the highest number in the history of the category. There were only three other years in which 450 or more artists were eligible: 1997-99.
It is striking that the number of top new artist nominees has increased this year, as the number of nominees in the other three Big Four categories has fallen. There are 1,172 candidates eligible for the year’s record (up from 1,463 last year); 1,163 candidates for song of the year (against 1,443); and 837 candidates for the album of the year (against 1,225).
Nominations for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on November 23. The final vote will take place from December 6 to January 5. The awards will be presented at Staples Center on January 31, 2022.