Latin singing sensation Isabel Marie was mistakenly added to the Tejano Music Awards industry ballots, according to the singer. The 13-year-old singer was placed on the ballots for the Tejano Music Awards industry in the category for Best New Artist – Female , but according to rules put in place by the Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) the young vocalist isn’t eligible to be nominated for the 2016 awards.
“There has been an error made on the part of Tejano Music Awards that nominated me not knowing that our CD New Girl In Town does not qualify until next year,” Isabel Marie posted on her official Facebook page on Friday. “Although I am grateful that they considered me for Best New Artist one year ahead of time, we are not able to compete this year.”
According to the TTMA nomination criteria, Best New Artists must have recorded at least one but not more than three (3) albums and all entries must have been released between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Isabel Marie’s debut album, New Girl In Town, was released in March of 2016.
“So our excitement must wait until next year’s awards, ugh rules,” Isabel Marie added. “What I am super siked about is how you all jumped and voted ,shared, liked, beautifully commented and really stood by me to help me win this! Because without you there is no ME! I really want you all to know that I am well aware of that! God Bless you all. So here I come next year stronger then ever ready to compete! God willing of course.”
The Chicago native, who now makes San Antonio her home, has been making waves since she first appeared on the scene on La Voz Kids, where she was mentored by Natalia Jimenez, former lead singer of the Spanish pop band La 5ª Estación.
The TTMA has not yet released an official statement about the confusion, but Tejano Nation will have the latest when it becomes available.