Is 5SOS Eligible For The 2016 Grammys? 'Sounds Good Feels Good' Missed The Mark, But There's A Catch
With the 2016 Grammy nominations set to be revealed on Monday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. ET (mark those calendars, pop fans), the many predictions (Taylor Swift's 1989 is going to sweep everything, calling it right now) are quickly trickling in. But with the excitement of the impending announcement also comes the seemingly endless barrage of questions about how the nominees are chosen and which artists are actually eligible to win awards this year. And like any self-respecting 5 Seconds of Summer fangirl, the 5SOS fandom is probably wondering if our favorite band will see any Grammy nominations this year — after all, Sounds Good Feels Good scored the Aussie band its first U.S. #1 and is a beloved masterpiece that should be loved by all. But, is 5SOS even eligible for a Grammy?
Unfortunately, Sounds Good Feels Good missed the cutoff to score any noms this year. According to the Grammys official eligibility rules, for an album to be nominated for the 2016 awards, it would have to have been released between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015. And with SGFG gracing our ears on Oct. 23, it looks like it's a no-go this time around. Boo.
That being said, there's a chance that "She's Kinda Hot" — the lead single off of Sounds Good Feels Good — could score a nomination. Since it was released in July 2015, it's eligible to be nominated.
As for the hope that 5SOS could walk away this year with a Best New Artist nom, unfortunately, the guys have missed their window of opportunity there (their best shot for that nom would've been the 2015 Grammys). Admittedly, the rules of eligibility for Best New Artist are vague, but they are as follows:
Any performing artist or established performing group who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist or established group as a performer.
For 5SOS, that established recording would've not only been their self-titled debut (out in July 2014), but even if it had been SGFG, again, it wasn't eligible for the Grammy Awards this year.
Though 5SOS has yet to be nominated for a Grammy Award, they're not exactly hurting for critical praise. Particularly in their home country of Australia, where they just picked up their second ARIA (basically the Australian version of the Grammys), this time, for best Australian Live Act. Not too shabby boys, not too shabby.
And hey — there's always next year.