Grammys Change Rules for Best New Artist Nominations

July 9, 2010  |  4:00pm

In January, Lady Gaga was snubbed by the Grammy committee because of a stipulation in the rules that no artist previously nominated for a Grammy—including those who merely guest-starred on another Grammy-nominated album by another artist—could be nominated in the category of Best New Artist, with the reasoning that they weren’t truly “new.”

But on Wednesday, in order to prevent a similar snub from happening in the future, the Academy declared that any new artist is eligible for nomination of Best New Artist even “if an artist/group is nominated (but does not win) for the release of a single or as a featured artist or collaborator on a compilation or other artist’s album before the artist/group has released an entire album (and becomes eligible in this category for the first time).”

The Academy explained this move in a statement: “More and more, the first release of a new artist is as a featured artist on someone else’s album or, the new artist may release a single long before the release of his/her/their entire first album. By current rules, if the other artist’s album or the new artist’s single receives a nomination, the new artist may never have the opportunity to compete in the Best New Artist category. With this change, each artist will have at least one opportunity to enter in this important and highly visible category.”

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