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Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” Isn’t Eligible For A Grammy And The Internet Is Freaking Out

I’m sure that few of us – myself included – could imagine the year 2020 without the hit single “WAP”. It helped soothe the craziness this year has brought us so far and gave us an unofficial summer anthem.

Along the way, the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion hit also broke numerous records. So, it made sense why so many people assumed that it could also break records at next year’s Grammys. But recent reporting says that the track is actually packaged together with Cardi B’s still forthcoming album, which means that the “WAP” will officially be left out of the running for Top Record.

Of course, for a song that brought us so much joy, people are understandably upset about the track being omitted from any possible categories. And the idea of waiting until 2022 seems absurd!

2020’s unofficial bop – “WAP” – is not eligible for Grammy consideration.

This is shocking news – especially if you’re a Bardi stan. Despite racking up record after record, the summer’s hit single “WAP” won’t be competing for any Grammys at this next year’s prestigious music awards ceremony.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” was surprisingly not submitted for the 2021 Grammy Awards consideration, according to numerous outlets including Pitchfork. Instead, Cardi’s record label plan to submit the single next year when her forthcoming album will also likely be released. However, there is no official announcement of a new album so we hope these rumors are true.

According to the rules, submissions for next year’s Grammy Awards had to be made between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. Since it was released on August 7, “WAP” fell within the eligibility window but the record label decided against submitting it.

While some immediately assumed the move was a colossal blunder, there’s a strategy at work. Like most good things in life, Grammy nominations don’t just happen: recordings must be officially submitted (usually by the label), and strong words and hurt feelings can ensue when a recording is mistakenly not submitted.

However, the announcement isn’t totally shocking as many artists have pursued similar strategies.

According to Pitchfork, many artists in recent years have been making use of a similar strategy. They’ll release in a single in August to qualify for one year’s Grammys and then release their full album in November to qualify for the next. Following this strategy essentially allows for double the Grammy exposure.

However, other artists hold off, presumably on the assumption that they’d have a better chance in a year when there’s more momentum behind them. For example, Billie Eilish would have been eligible for the 2018 Best New Artist Grammy behind the release of her debut EP “Don’t Smile at Me,” but elected to hold off until the release of “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” her multiplatinum debut album. Consequently, she swept the “Big Four” Grammys — Album, Song and Record of the Year along with Best New Artist — at the awards earlier this year.

“WAP” was easily one of the year’s top performing tracks.

The move by Cardi’s team is doubly surprising because “WAP” is one of the biggest singles of the year, and broke the record for most-streamed song in its first week of release with a whopping 93 million. Cardi and Megan definitely would have had strong momentum behind them if they had submitted for the 2021 awards.

“WAP” was also Cardi B’s first single as a lead artist since last year’s “Press” and set a new record for the biggest streaming debut week of all time. Meg followed it with the Young Thug collaboration “Don’t Stop” at the beginning of October, showing that both artists had big years to build off.

Of course, Twitter quickly ignited with debate about the entire fiasco.

Once the story broke that “WAP” wouldn’t be eligible for a Grammy, fans took to Twitter to express their outrage. Many were hoping to see live performances of the track on the award show circuit. But just because the song isn’t eligible for any Grammy Awards, doesn’t mean that the duo can’t grace us all with a live performance – whether at the Grammys or another award show.

However, at least we have an upcoming Cardi B album to look forward to.

Although the news of no “WAP” at next year’s Grammys leaves us all a bit disappointed, at least there’s the silver lining of an upcoming album. Although, little is yet known about Cardi B’s forthcoming sophomore album (it hasn’t even been formally announced yet!) but back in August, Cardi told Elle that the follow-up to 2018’s Invasion of Privacy would be worthy of Queen Bey herself.

“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch. When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment,” Cardi said. “But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it’s going to have my Lemonade moments, my personal relationship moments.”

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Karol G, Bad Bunny, And Cardi B Lead AMA Nominations

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Karol G, Bad Bunny, And Cardi B Lead AMA Nominations

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The American Music Awards included three new categories to highlight Latin music stars. The nominations are officially out and here are the Latinos who are nominated for awards at the AMAs.

Cardi B

Not even a pandemic could keep Cardi B down. The rapper had an amazing year when it comes to her music career, especially with the release of “WAP.” Therefore, it should not be a surprise that Cardi B has been nominated for Collaboration of the Year for “WAP,” Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip Hop, and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop for “WAP.”

Bad Bunny

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The Puerto Rican artist is one of the most beloved members of the Latin music world. He has been nominated for the most awards of all male Latin music artist with four nominations. Bad Bunny is up for Best Male Artist – Latin, Favorite Album – Latin for “Las que no iban de salir” and “YHLQMDLG,” and Favorite Latin Song for “Vete.”

J Balvin

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J Balvin will always be an important part of Latin music and the AMA nominations show why. The Colombian artist has been nominated for Favorite Male Artist – Latin and Favorite Song – Latin for “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life).”

Ozuna

Ozuna was the center of a controversial couple of years but his music career has always been strong. This year, he is going against Bad Bunny and J Balvin for Favorite Male Artist – Latin.

Becky G

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The Inglewood-native continues to slay with her incredible music. The AMAs have taken notice and the singer is up for Favorite Female Artist – Latin.

KAROL G

KAROL G is one musician that will definitely be around for a long time to come. The Colombian singer and songwriter has made a major name for herself and landed two AMA nominations. KAROL G is up for both Favorite Female Artist – Latin and Favorite Song – Latin for “Tusa.”

Rosalía

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There is a lot of controversy about Rosalía and her inclusion in Latin music. While she does sing in Spanish, people have an issue with her being considered Latin music. However, the AMAs nominated Rosalía for Favorite Female Artist – Latin.

Anuel AA

Anuel AA rounds out the list of nominees for the AMAs. The singer is nominated for Favorite Album – Latin for “Emmanuel.”

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Offset Is Detained By Police After Run In With Trump Supporters And He Live-Streamed The Whole Thing

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Offset Is Detained By Police After Run In With Trump Supporters And He Live-Streamed The Whole Thing

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Week after week there is no shortage of Cardi B and Offset news. It seems like every other day we have a new story involving their on-again off-again relationship, their extravagant gifts to one another, or their outspoken political beliefs.

However, over the weekend Offset made headlines for a brief encounter with Beverly Hills police after he passed by a pro-Trump rally.

Offset decided to livestream his interaction with police and the result was a heated exchange that resulted in the arrest of one of Cardi B’s cousins and many wondering why the police stopped the Migos rapper to begin with?

Offset was detained by police after driving past a pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

On Saturday evening, rapper Offset streamed a confrontation with police on Instagram Live while being pulled over, after a passerby reported that a person inside the Migos rapper’s car allegedly pointed a gun through the window at him as they drove past a pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

According to police, they received a license plate and vehicle description that matched that of Offset and attempted to make a traffic stop. That’s when Offset began to livestream the encounter with police.

“Because you’ve got guns out, I’m not finna move my hands from my steering wheel,” Offset can be heard saying in video reported by TMZ, before officers open the door and pull him out of the vehicle. “You can’t just open my door,” he says. “That’s illegal. I’m going to sue to the shit out of y’all.”

Offset’s representatives have released the following statement in response to the incident.

“Artist and Philanthropist Offset was detained by the Beverly Hills Police Department following an attack by aggressive Trump supporters,” the statement reads. “He was released shortly thereafter. Offset thanks his fans for their support and wishes everyone peace and safety during these trying times. He encourages everyone to get out and vote because nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Although the police say a crime was committed, they add that the victim didn’t want to press charges.

“The victim of the crime did not desire to press charges for the pointing of the weapon,” police said in a statement. Police also reassured Offset was not arrested.

The Migos rapper live-streamed the entire encounter on Instagram Live.

As soon as the police made the traffic stop, Offset got his phone and began to livestream the encounter with police. Considering the way police so often handle encounters such as this with Black men, it was a wise decision on his part.

In the video, you can hear officers ask him to exit his car but he refuses becase the officers have their guns pointed at him.

“I’m not going to move my hands from the steering wheel,” he can be heard saying in the video.

In the video, you can also hear Offset argue with officers over what had just happened, as he claims people had “beat his car up with a flag.”

A passenger in Offset’s car was arrested and charged with firearms offenses.

Although police literally dragged Offset out of his own vehicle, officers have reiterated in statements that the rapper was not arrested or charged with any crime. However, a passenger in his car, 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar (who shares a surname with Offset’s wife, fellow hip hop heavyweight Cardi B) was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded, concealed firearm in a public place, according to the report.

In a tweet, Philip Lewis of the Huffington Post said that person, Marcelo Almanzar, is Cardi B’s cousin. However, as of Sunday afternoon, Marcelo is still in a Beverly Hills jail on a $35,000 bond.

Cardi B showed up to the scene and allegedly had to be restrained after trying to intervene to help her husband.

As the story broke on Saturday, Cardi B rolled up to the scene in her new black Rolls Royce just as Offset was arguing with the cops. When he refused to turn off his car, police reached into his car and physically dragged him out of it.

“That’s my husband! Why are you pointing a gun at him?” the rapper yelled while restrained by a friend, according to The Daily Mail.

Cardi then gets out her phone and shouts, ‘Let me record this.’ As Offset is led away, she yells loudly: ‘No! This is crazy! My husband is not armed. My husband is not armed.”

Much of the commotion took place as a crowd gathered – including several people carrying pro-Trump signs which had to have added to the tense situation.

By Sunday, things appeared to be back to normal for the couple as the pair went shopping in Beverly Hills.

Despite the traumatic incident, both Cardi B and Offset were sharing stories to their Instagram on Sunday as the couple were out shopping in Beverly Hills.

The pair had popped into a Beverly Hills Hermès store, and in an Instagram post joked that they were ‘spoilt’ by the luxury goods on offer.

So what do you think? Did Offset make the right choice to livestream the encounter with police?

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