Faith Evans Picks Up Grammy Nod As Lauryn Hill Track Found Ineligible

Lauryn Hill’s loss is Faith Evans’ gain.

Hill saw her Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy nomination for “Everything Is Everything” taken away this week when it was determined that the song was released before the current Grammy eligibility period that began on October 1, 1998.

The nod now goes to Faith Evans whose “Love Like This” [RealVideo] received the next highest number of votes in that category. Evans now joins fellow nominees Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Macy Gray, and Whitney Houston in the crowd of hopefuls for that particular award.

The development means that Evans now has two shots at Grammy gold, as the singer is also nominated for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for her work with Whitney Houston and Kelly Price on “Heartbreak Hotel.” Evans and her colleagues will face Eric Benét and Tamia, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin, Destiny’s
Child,
and TLC for that Grammy.

But don’t shed a tear for Lauryn Hill. The R&B diva is up for Best R&B Song for penning Mary J. Blige’s “All That I Can Say.”

– Robert Mancini

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