The duo of Lorde and Logic earned a spot in the final category of best rap album, and Cardi B made it in the final category of best rap song after moving in during Kanye West’s performance on Sunday’s telecast.
But both Taylor Swift and Childish Gambino (or Childish Gambino, as he’s actually named) were released by independent record labels that struggled to pay for advances to streamers, and Spotify did not promote the artists’ albums.
Cardi B, who didn’t pick up an award at Sunday’s ceremony, tweeted that she wasn’t surprised to win two Grammys, just shocked she wasn’t given one.
GIVE ME A GRAMMY I WORK SO HARD ALREADY — CARDI B (@iamcardib) September 24, 2018
Others who won in category were Sugarland/Brandy Clark (best country duo/group performance) and the Grammys did not award Alessia Cara or Khalid — the first time in three years they failed to give a nomination to a pair of artists.
As the New York Times noted, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday that they would introduce streaming qualifications beginning with the eligibility period for the 2019 Grammys, which ends in January. The group wrote in a statement that streaming has become a significant part of the industry, and will play a greater role in determining which artists go home with awards at the ceremony next year.
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