Why Isn’t Kendrick Lamar Nominated For A Grammy?

Kendrick Lamar’s official studio debut good kid, m.A.A.d city was certified Gold this month, hitting the 500, 000 mark just over a month after it was released on October 22. The LP has been praised by fans and critics alike, so it’s only natural that some of Kendrick’s supporters are wondering why he wasn’t nominated for a 2013 Grammy. Well, that’s because he wasn’t eligible.

Fans on Twitter have been irate about K. Dot’s exlcusion from the awards, with tweets like this: @JoseYoungs: “How in the hell did 2 chainz and the girl who sings call me maybe get Grammy nominations and Kendrick lamar didn’t? #criminal #grammys”–but it’s simply a matter of timing.

For the 2013 awards show, the Recording Academy is only considering music that has been released between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, which makes  good kid, m.A.A.d city ineligible. The Compton rapper will qualify for consideration at the 2014 Grammy Awards, and if he doesn’t receive any nods then, well: @GoonieJenkins: “If Kendrick Lamar ain’t up for a Grammy next year… Ima throw a tantrum like Bruno Mars when he lost to Adele.”