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Instead, Cardi’s team chose not to submit the track for the 2021 awards, a rep for her label, Atlantic Records, confirms, opting to submit it next year as part of the campaign for Cardi’s upcoming album.
“WAP” is just one of many recent releases that aren’t eligible for the 2021 Grammys, either due to artist selection or timing.
While “WAP’s” Aug. 7 release date puts it within the eligibility period for the 63rd annual Grammys, the Sept. 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2020 time frame for this year’s contenders leaves out a number of more recent high-profile entries.
Albums released after the end of the eligibility period, and thus not eligible to be nominated until the 64th annual Grammys include Ariana Grande and Sam Smith’s Oct. 30 albums Positions and Love Goes, BTS’ Nov. 20 album BE, Blackpink’s Oct. 2 debut LP The Album and Bruce Springsteen’s Oct. 23 release Letter to You.
Similarly, Megan Thee Stallion’s new album, Good News, released just days ago, isn’t eligible for the 2021 awards but could be considered for 2022.
Harry Styles earned three nominations, but his team, according to Billboard, opted not to enter his hit “Watermelon Sugar” for record and song of the year, instead submitting the romantic “Adore You” for both awards. It wasn’t nominated in either category. They did submit “Watermelon Sugar” in the category of best pop solo performance, where it was nominated.
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