Grammy Awards Predictions 2019

This Sunday, February 10, the biggest night in music will take place: The 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Though Grammy Awards have notoriously gone to unexpected nominees, there will be numerous chart-topping and record hits recognized throughout the night.

This Sunday, February 10, the biggest night in music will take place: The 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Though Grammy Awards have notoriously gone to unexpected nominees, there will be numerous chart-topping and record hits recognized throughout the night.

Album of the Year: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B

2018 has served as a breakthrough year for Cardi B, with a slew of number-one songs on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and “Bodak Yellow” making her the second female rapper to top the chart with a solo output and “I Like It” making her the first female rapper with multiple number-one songs on Billboard. Her debut album Invasion of Privacy, which includes both songs, broke multiple streaming records, making the it one of the biggest debut albums in the history of the Grammys. It is clearly a fan-favorite and has the potential to win Album of the Year.

Song of the Year: “This is America,” Childish Gambino

As one of the most iconic songs of 2018, Childish Gambino’s “This is America” was a compositional success, combining trap beats with traditional folk rhythms, portraying a striking message of black America and winning multiple MTV awards. Accompanied with an eye-catching video that furthers the song’s uniqueness and musical genius, Childish Gambino and composer Ludwig Göransson deserve to take the Grammy home for Song of the Year.

Record of the Year: “I Like It,” Cardi B

“I Like It” was almost always playing on the radio in 2018. Its Latin beats coupled with a heavy trap bass line created a captivating summer smash. In contrast to “Song of the Year,” which awards writing over the general music, “Record of the Year” is given to a song that generates not only a good ‘vibe’ but also shows overall good composition. “I Like It” fits just that.

Best New Artist: Dua Lipa

Out of all of the nominees for “Best New Artist,” Dua Lipa proves to be the most well-rounded and is also well-known enough to deserve the title. Along with being the artist behind the triple-platinum “New Rules,” Dua Lipa’s other two hits “IDGAF” and “One Kiss” have both generated more than half a billion streams on Spotify alone. Numerous critics are expecting more modern-pop success from her in the coming year.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Coming out of the hit movie “A Star is Born,” “Shallow” shook its listeners to the core. The song combines Lady Gaga’s powerhouse vocals with Bradley Cooper’s unfading charisma, making for an admirable fusion of styles and ideas that is award-worthy.

Best Pop Vocal Album: Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

Though female pop stars dominate the nominations for “Best Pop Vocal Album,” Shawn Mendes deserves the award, releasing five charting singles from his self-titled album. Mendes breaks out of his comfort zone in Shawn Mendes, experimenting with texture and style in each song and balancing emotion with funk.

Best Rap Performance: “Nice for What,” Drake

Drake’s “Nice for What” was one of the defining songs of 2018. Its infectious drumline along with Drake’s ear-catching chorus has earned it number one on U.S. Billboard Hot 100, UK Singles Chart, and ARIA Singles Chart. Drake will be awarded for Scorpion somewhere this Sunday, and it will likely be for “Best Rap Performance.”

Best Rap Album: ASTROWORLD, Travis Scott

Travis Scott shot for the stars and made it there with Astroworld, featuring celebrated artists from 21 Savage to The Weekend and incorporating a variety of styles within one album. A critic-pleaser, Scott’s third album not only made it to the top of U.S. Billboard 100 but also was certified as double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.