Zayn Won’t Be Up for 2017 Best New Artist Grammy — Here’s Why
One Direction never actually earned any Grammy nominations over the years (it’s such a point of fanbase contention that the official Grammy website actually fields a question about it from a curious 1D fan).
To the dismay of Directioners everywhere,
And while Zayn could finally earn some Grammy gold in 2017 thanks to his critically and commercially successful solo debut, Mind of Mine, there’s one Grammy award we can safely say he won’t be receiving — best new artist.
True, the nominees for best new artist at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards haven’t been revealed yet, but Zayn Malik can’t be one of them.
“This was actually pretty clear cut given the international success of One Direction. It’s been a few years since Zayn Malik came to prominence as a member of that group, making him ineligible for the best new artist category this year,” says Bill Freimuth, senior vice president of awards at the Recording Academy.
While the Grammy definition of ‘new artist’ can get a little murky (artists are sometimes nominated for the award several years after releasing their debut album), it’s hard to argue with the fact that Zayn has been an internationally recognizable pop star for years now (if Zayn had been a member of a group that hadn’t achieved massive mainstream success, however, it could be a different story). So
The 2017 Grammy Awards air on CBS on Feb. 12.