Fifteen artists who had songs on Billboard‘s year-end Hot 100 Songs chart was entered and eligible for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Guess how many of the 15 hitmakers were actually nominated for Best New Artist. (Remember that there are now 10 nominees for Best New Artist.)
Among the rookies who did not do Rate Best New Artist Nominations: Gayle, whose “abcdefu” (No. 17 of the year) was nevertheless nominated for song of the year; and Kim Petraswhose late-breaking, Hot 100-topping collaboration with Sam Smith, “Unholy” (No. 98 for the year) is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Also passed: Dove Cameronwho was named Best New Artist at MTV Video Music Prices on Aug. 28; Lainey Wilson, who won New Female Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards on March 7 and New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards on Nov. 9; and country star Bailey Zimmermanwho has thaw songs on the year-end Hot 100: “Fall in Love” (No. 54) and “Rock and a Hard Place” (No. 70).
With so many hitmakers left, who was Nominated for Best New Artist? In addition to Latto and Long, the nominees are Anitta, Omar Apollo, DOMi & JD Beck, Samara Joy, Måneskin, Tobe Nwigwe, Molly Tuttle and Wet Leg.
Some artists who were passed over for Best New Artist nods this year may be eligible again next year, though the hitmakers listed below may run afoul of one of the main rules of the category. In the “rules and guidelines” handbook for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, the first guideline under “not eligible” is “any artist who achieved a breakthrough in a previous eligibility year.” If you put a song on BillboardThe year-end Hot 100 doesn’t mean “making a breakthrough,” it’s hard to know what does.
Here’s a complete list of the 13 new artists who were eligible for Best New Artist but didn’t earn a nomination, along with where they rank on this year’s Hot 100:
- Gayle, “abcdefu” (#17)
- Em Beihold, “Numb Little Bug” (No. 32)
- Cody Johnson, “Til You Can’t” (No. 34)
- Zach Bryan, “Something in the Orange” (No. 39)
- Dove Cameron, “Boyfriend” (No. 51)
- Joji, “Glimpse of Us” (No. 52)
- Bailey Zimmerman, “Fall in Love” (No. 54) and “Rock and a Hard Place” (No. 70)
- Ckay, “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) (No. 55)
- Becky G, “MAMIII” (collaboration with Karol G) (No. 59)
- Lauren Spencer-Smith, “Fingers Crossed” (No. 75)
- Lainey Wilson, “Never Say Never” (collaboration with Cole Swindell) (#92)
- Tate McRae, “She’s All I Wanna Be” (#94)
- Kim Petras, “Unholy” (collaboration with Sam Smith) (#98)