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    First off I want to say, Megan deserved to win BNA based purely on impact, great music and just damn right having an excellent year. However I am so confused by her BNA win. In the past many new artists would be shut out the running for BNA because they didn’t debut a full length album. How did she win if she just had singles out? In this case Megan should have been nominated and the same year she was up for Record of the Year for “All About that Bass”? I feel like BNA has some of the weirdest rules and requirements. How is it someone like Noah Cyrus can be nominated when she has been in the industry for over 4 years? Also wasn’t Lady Gaga unfairly shut out the year before she won her first Grammys?

    FYC: Grammys 2022

    AOTY: evermore
    ROTY, SOTY, Pop Solo: willow
    Pop Album: evermore
    Pop Duo: evermore w Bon Iver
    Rap Song/ Melodic Rap: closure
    Dance Recording: long story short
    Remix Recording: Love Story (elvira)
    Country Solo/Country Song: cowboy like me
    Country Duo: You All Over Me w Marren Morris
    American Roots Perf/Song: ivy
    Gospel Per: epiphany (live)
    Rock Perf/Song: ‘tis the damn season
    Music Video: willow
    Music Film: folklore studio sessions

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    An artist must have a minimum of five singles/tracks OR a complete album to be eligible for Best New Artist. An artist hoping to be considered can also have a maximum of 30 singles/tracks OR three complete albums, previously

    BNA has the weirdest rule, so the case is different for different people. As long as they’re eligible though, there’s no problem with it

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    BNA has the weirdest rule, so the case is different for different people. As long as they’re eligible though, there’s no problem with it

    yeah but that EP isn’t considered her debut Album. Good News is. It’s not even listed under her discography.

    FYC: Grammys 2022

    AOTY: evermore
    ROTY, SOTY, Pop Solo: willow
    Pop Album: evermore
    Pop Duo: evermore w Bon Iver
    Rap Song/ Melodic Rap: closure
    Dance Recording: long story short
    Remix Recording: Love Story (elvira)
    Country Solo/Country Song: cowboy like me
    Country Duo: You All Over Me w Marren Morris
    American Roots Perf/Song: ivy
    Gospel Per: epiphany (live)
    Rock Perf/Song: ‘tis the damn season
    Music Video: willow
    Music Film: folklore studio sessions

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    yeah but that EP isn’t considered her debut Album. Good News is. It’s not even listed under her discography.

    well it’s stated there “a minimum of five singles/tracks OR a complete album” and she does have 5+ singles/tracks (even without Good News)

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    She’s got two mixtapes and an official EP.

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    Honey, Best New Artist rules changed.  Megan Thee Stallion’s EP made her eligible.  Duh!

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    Also, associating with Beyonce certainly played a significant role.

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    I think… you guys are talking about two different Megans….

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    I think this year proved to be an exception rather than the rule type of scenario in every GF category. All the GF winners were pretty much had no genre appeal by losing to other songs/albums or weren’t even nominated. They definitely went away from the mold and gave some of the most interesting GF winners in years.

    Folklore AOTY

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    She’s got two mixtapes and an official EP.

    Yeah, she already charted t10 on the albums chart twice, pre-GN.

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    Previous Best New Artist rules were amended to remove the album barrier given current trends in how new music and developing artists are released and promoted.

    From 2016: https://www.grammy.com/recording-academy/press-release/the-recording-academy-announces-rule-amendments-and-dates-for-the

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