This Sunday Is the Last Day For Grammy Eligibility: What It Means for Potential 2018 Nominees

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga attend UK 'A Star Is Born' premiere at Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on Sept. 28, 2018 in London, England. 

If you've noticed that there seem to be more big-ticket albums being released this weekend than usual -- including Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V, Logic's Young Sinatra IV and Kanye West's Yandhi, as well as new efforts by legacy artists Chic, Loretta Lynn, Cher and Rod Stewart -- the timing might not be entirely accidental. 

This Sunday (Sept. 30) marks the end of the eligibility period for the upcoming Grammys -- meaning that anything released after this weekend will be counted towards the next year's Grammy pool, and have to wait until the 2020 ceremonies to be potentially recognized. That pertains to both new songs and new albums, so this week's New Music Friday playlist is also full of big releases just getting in before the final bell, from the likes of Robyn ("Honey"), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ("Shallow") and the superstar teaming of DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B ("Taki Taki"). 

Speaking of "Shallow," though: While the much-anticipated power ballad will be eligible for this year's nominations, the rest of the A Star Is Born soundtrack is currently scheduled for Oct. 5, and thus will be included with the next year's potential nominees. (For the record, A Star Is Born does have Grammy history: The soundtrack to the 1976 film incarnation was nominated for best score soundtrack for visual media in 1978 -- losing to John Williams' iconic Star Wars score -- while star Barbra Streisand's love theme "Evergreen" took home both song of the year and best pop female vocal performance.) 

Other potential Grammy hopefuls who should just miss the cutoff for this year? Country star Eric Church's Desperate Man is also due to be released next Friday (Oct. 5), as is Twenty One Pilots' Trench -- though advance cuts from each (including the Desperate Man title track and Trench's Rock Airplay-topping "Jumpsuit") could both factor in this year's nominees. Robyn's Honey album will also have to wait, as will the self-titled debut set from emerging R&B favorite Ella Mai, who could still find her way to nods this year for her breakout smash "Boo'd Up," as well as in the best new artist category. (Stadium rockers-to-be Greta Van Fleet may also garner best new artist consideration, despite official debut LP Anthem of the Peaceful Army not being due until Oct. 19.) 

On the flip side of this discussion, of course, are the big releases from the end of 2017 who missed the eligibility cutoff for the awards that took place in February, and thus are still in the mix for this year's nominations. The biggest one of those would of course be the latest LP from the recent two-time album of the year winner: Taylor Swfit's Reputation. In addition to that million-selling blockbuster, well-received albums from veteran pop stars P!nk (Beautiful Trauma), Kelly Clarkson (The Meaning of Life) and Sam Smith (The Thrill of It All) could also impact this year's nominations, as could critical favorites from St. Vincent (MASSEDUCTION) and Miguel (War and Leisure). 

Will any pop procrastinators show up unexpectedly before the Monday cut off to get in under the wire for the 2019 ceremonies? Stay tuned the next 48 hours or so to find out. 


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