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Posted: February 04, 2019

Here's who will win at the 2019 Grammy Awards


By Leah Greenblatt

Entertainment Weekly

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • H.E.R. — H.E.R.
  • By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
  • Scorpion — Drake
  • Black Panther: The Album Various Artists
  • Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
  • Beerbongs & Bentleys — Post Malone
  • Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
  • Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe

SHOULD WIN
Monáe’s far-out Afro-futurism and Carlile’s stark acoustic intimacy are both fantastic, and so is the idea of a proudly unmainstreamed queer female taking home the top prize.

WILL WIN
Musgraves just might (deservedly) slip through on the monolithic strength of the country voting bloc. But don’t discount the Grammys’ regrets for bypassing the Pulitzer-winning Kendrick Lamar (who masterminded Black Panther: The Album) in this category — three times.

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears, and Anthony Tiffith
  • “Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane
  • “God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, and Noah Shebib
  • “In My Blood” — Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, and Geoffrey Warburton
  • “The Joke” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth
  • “The Middle” — Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha, and Zedd
  • “Shallow” — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt
  • “This Is America” — Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, and Jeffery Lamar Williams

SHOULD WIN
It’s a well-culled crowd all around, though it would be great to see Carlile’s epic folk-orchestral ballad take it.

WILL WIN
“Shallow,” on its long, smooth glide toward Oscar gold.

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • “This Is America” — Childish Gambino
  • “God’s Plan” — Drake
  • “I Like It” — Cardi B
  • “The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey
  • “Shallow” — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  • “All the Stars” — SZA and Kendrick Lamar
  • “Rockstar” — Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
  • “The Joke” — Brandi Carlile

SHOULD WIN
Gambino’s “America” pulled off the rarest thing in 2018: a genuinely resonant viral moment.

WILL WIN
In a perfect world, Gambino.

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Dua Lipa
  • Luke Combs
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • H.E.R.
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Chloe x Halle
  • Jorja Smith
  • Margo Price

SHOULD WIN
Price’s debut landed in 2016, and a winning clutch of R&B songstresses (Smith, Chloe x Halle, H.E.R.) could use more time to marinate; Dua Lipa seemed to arrive fully formed.

WILL WIN
Lipa delivers most on pure pop potential, though Combs’ four country No. 1s shouldn’t be underestimated.

BEST RAP ALBUM

  • Swimming — Mac Miller
  • Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
  • Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
  • Daytona — Pusha T
  • Astroworld — Travis Scott

SHOULD WIN
Two decades in, Pusha’s still showing the kids how it’s done.

WILL WIN
If previous awards shows are any indication, Miller’s shocking death (he died of an overdose last September at age 26) will likely sway the race, though this could also be Cardi’s consolation prize.

COUNTRY ALBUM

  • Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
  • Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini
  • Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne
  • Girl Going Nowhere — Ashley McBryde
  • From a Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton

SHOULD WIN
Musgraves feels like the best sure thing here if she doesn’t take home the big one; if not, five-time winner Stapleton is an excellent second choice.

WILL WIN
Musgraves all the way.

POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • Camila — Camila Cabello
  • Sweetener — Ariana Grande
  • Reputation — Taylor Swift
  • Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
  • Beautiful — Trauma Pink
  • Meaning of Life — Kelly Clarkson

SHOULD WIN
No bad choices, really, but Cabello’s debut feels most fresh — especially since she was shut out everywhere else except Best Pop Vocal Performance.

WILL WIN
Anything could happen in the starriest pileup of the night. It’s most likely Ariana’s to lose — though the thought of an empty-handed Swift at the Grammys feels practically illegal.

BEST R&B SONG

  • “Feels Like Summer” — Childish Gambino
  • “Boo’d Up” — Ella Mai
  • “Come Through and Chill” — Miguel feat. J. Cole and Salaam Remi
  • “Focus” — H.E.R.
  • “Long as I Live” — Toni Braxton

SHOULD WIN
Miguel and Gambino both made near-flawless mood pieces, but this one’s for songwriting, not production.

WILL WIN
If H.E.R. is passed over for all the other ones she’s up for, this gorgeous bedroom ballad could be where she finally gets to shine.

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

  • Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino — Arctic Monkeys
  • Colors — Beck
  • Utopia — Björk
  • American Utopia — David Byrne
  • Masseduction — St. Vincent

SHOULD WIN
The Monkeys’ stellar outer-space concept album, or St. Vincent’s impeccable glitch-pop opus.

WILL WIN
Beck has been steadily taking home little gold gramophones since 1995.