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U2 will be eligible for the upcoming Grammy Awards after all.  The band issued a limited edition vinyl version of Songs of Innocence on Tuesday, just making the September 30th cut-off date for consideration. 

The rockers originally unveiled their latest work earlier this month in a free album blitz, giving it away to everyone with an iTunes account.  A deluxe edition of the disc will arrive in stores on October 14th. 

A Grammy spokesperson tells Rolling Stone albums and songs don't have to be available in physical form by the deadline - digital releases are eligible as well.  But the rep says nominations only go to music that was "available commercially for sale to the public" by the cut-off date, and album giveaways - like U2's iTunes release - don't meet that qualification. 

It's not known if U2's new vinyl release had actually been planned in advance or was a last-minute effort to make the album Grammy-eligible. 

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