Zayn Won’t Be Up for 2017 Best New Artist Grammy — Here’s Why

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To the dismay of Directioners everywhere, 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).

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.

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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. That’s because, going by the Recording Academy’s rules, Zayn doesn’t count as a new artist thanks to his four-album run with a boy band that starting ruling the world in 2012.