For the first time ever, next year's Grammys will allow for eight, not five, Best New Artist nominees. The awards state that "any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer" would not qualify.
The Bronx native born Belcalis Almánzar was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 2018 Grammys in January. But because she had enough music to be eligible for best new artist at the 2018 show and earned prior nominations, she was not qualified to enter the category.
Post Malone was also submitted for best new artist at this year's show but didn't garner a nomination.
Post Malone, whose album Beerbongs and Bentleys will reportedly be nominated in the pop album category and not hip-hop/rap, is also reportedly not eligible for the category despite having a massively successful year of his own.
Interestingly, Post Malone was also submitted for the Best New Artist category at the Grammys however it was deemed that had already passed new artist status, following hits such as "Congratulations" and "White Iverson".
The first round of voting for 2019 Grammy nominations is set to begin October 17.
The 2019 Grammy nominees will officially be revealed on December 5th. I distinctly remember the shock when Bon Iver scored the Best New Artist award in 2012... five years after the release of their landmark debut, For Emma, Forever Ago.
Sources told the AP that Grammy officials and music execs went back at forth on whether or not to let Malone contend for the best new artist at the 2019 Grammys.