34677 carey mariah 341x182 Mariah Sorry to Miss Grammy DeadlineAs I told you last week, Mariah Carey will miss the Aug. 31 deadline for this year’s Grammys.

The deadline is a month early this year for eligibility. The reason is that the Grammys are a week early — Jan. 31 instead of Feb. 7, 2010. Huh?

That means we’ll be awarding music at the end of next January that came out between Oct. 1, 2009, and the end of this summer. What about all the music from this fall? It will have to wait.

For Mariah, this means only her witty single, “Obsessed,” will make the cut-off. Her album “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” will be released on Sept. 15 but won’t appear on a Grammy show until 2011. That’s not exactly instant gratification.

Mariah told me the other day: “I’m sorry to have missed the deadline. We were trying to make it. But we also realized the material we had was so special, and we didn’t want to rush and do it wrong.”

Carey says she feels “Angel” could be her strongest collection yet. She’s working so hard on it that this is the first summer in years that she hasn’t left muggy, sluggish New York during the dog days and headed to Sardinia off the coast of Italy.

“No, I’m staying in NYC,” she said, “and getting this done.”

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