U2's shock new album will not scoop a single Grammy Award next year (15) because its official release date misses the honours deadline by two weeks.
The Irish rockers thrilled fans on Tuesday (09Sep14) when they announced a new record, Songs of Innocence, would be given away free to anyone who uses Apple's iTunes music downloading service. It means up to half a billion music lovers around the world can get access to the new record, but it will not hit stores until 14 October (14) - ruling out a Grammys nod.
The deadline for entrants to the 2015 Grammy Awards passes on 30 September (14), two weeks before Songs of Innocence is available in shops.
A Grammys spokesman tells Billboard, "The album must be commercially available in order for it to be eligible, and the official release date determines its eligibility in a particular awards year. In this case, the album is commercially available on October 14, 2014, so it will be eligible for consideration for the 58th Grammy Awards (in 2016)."