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Why wasn’t Adele’s 25 — which has been smashing records and garnering critical praise since its release Nov. 20 — completely shut out of the 2016 Grammy nominations this morning?
It’s simple: It wasn’t eligible. As many fans likely forgot while they were freaking out about the perceived snub on Twitter, the Grammys have an eligibility period that cuts off the last few months of the calendar year, leading to winter releases being considered the following year. The qualifying dates for the 2016 ceremony include releases dropped between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015.
This is why Taylor Swift’s massive 1989 album is nominated for album of the year this year, while her lead summer single off the album, “Shake It Off,” competed as a song/record of the year nominee last year.
The 2017 ceremony will likely see an Adele domination, as well as consideration for other late-in-the-year buzzy projects such as Justin Bieber’s Purpose and One Direction’s Made in the AM.
Adeleholics shouldn’t fear, however: While nothing has been officially announced, it seems likely that Adele will take the Grammy stage come February for a showstopping performance of some kind.
This story was first posted on billboard.com
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