2019 Grammy Awards Predictions

Record of the Year

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

Album of the Year

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY — Cardi B
  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU — Brandi Carlile
  • SCORPION — Drake
  • H.E.R. — H.E.R.
  • BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS — Post Malone
  • DIRTY COMPUTER — Janelle Monáe
  • GOLDEN HOUR — Kacey Musgraves
  • BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BYBlack Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By — Various Artists

Song of the Year

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

Best New Artist

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

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Colors” — Beck
  • “Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello
  • “God Is a Woman” — Ariana Grande
  • “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga
  • “Better Now” — Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Fall in Line” — Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato
  • “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys
  • “‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
  • “Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • “Girls Like You” — Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
  • “Say Something” — Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton
  • “The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • LOVE IS HERE TO STAY — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
  • MY WAY — Willie Nelson
  • NAT KING COLE & ME — Gregory Porter
  • STANDARDS (DELUXE) — Seal
  • THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! — Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • CAMILA — Camila Cabello
  • MEANING OF LIFE — Kelly Clarkson
  • SWEETENER — Ariana Grande
  • SHAWN MENDES — Shawn Mendes
  • BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA — P!nk
  • REPUTATION — Taylor Swift

Best Rock Performance

  • “Four Out of Five” — Arctic Monkeys
  • “When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell
  • “Made an America” — The Fever 333
  • “Highway Tune” — Greta Van Fleet
  • “Uncomfortable” — Halestorm

Best Metal Performance

  • “Condemned to the Gallows” — Between the Buried and Me
  • “Honeycomb” — Deafheaven
  • “Electric Messiah” — High on Fire
  • “Betrayer” — Trivium
  • “On My Teeth” — Underoath

Best Rock Song

  • “Black Smoke Rising” — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka, & Daniel Robert Wagner
  • “Jumpsuit” — Tyler Joseph
  • “Mantra” — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls, & Oliver Sykes
  • “Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark
  • “Rats” — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer

Best Rock Album

  • RAINIER FOG — Alice in Chains
  • MANIA — Fall Out Boy
  • PREQUELLE — Ghost
  • FROM THE FIRES — Greta Van Fleet
  • PACIFIC DAYDREAM — Weezer (look, I have a Weezer tattoo, I gotta go with this, although I have a suspicion Fall Out Boy will win)

Best Alternative Music Album

  • TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO — Arctic Monkeys
  • COLORS — Beck
  • UTOPIA — Björk
  • AMERICAN UTOPIA — David Byrne
  • MASSEDUCTION — St. Vincent

Best R&B Performance

  • “Long as I Live” — Toni Braxton
  • “Summer” — The Carters
  • “Y O Y” — Lalah Hathaway
  • “Best Part” — H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
  • “First Began” — PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” — Leon Bridges
  • “Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette
  • “Honest” — MAJOR.
  • “How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton featuring Yebba
  • “Made for Love” — Charlie Wilson featuring Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song

  • “Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane
  • “Come Through and Chill” — Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi
  • “Feels Like Summer” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Göransson
  • “Focus” — Darhyl Camper, Jr., H.E.R. & Justin Love
  • “Long as I Live” — Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • EVERYTHING IS LOVE — The Carters
  • THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT — Chloe x Halle
  • CHRIS DAVE AND THE DRUMHEDZ — Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
  • WAR & LEISURE — Miguel
  • VENTRILOQUISM — Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album

  • SEX & CIGARETTES — Toni Braxton
  • GOOD THING — Leon Bridges
  • HONESTLY — Lalah Hathaway
  • H.E.R. — H.E.R.
  • GUMBO UNPLUGGED — PJ Morton

Best Rap Performance

  • “Be Careful” — Cardi B
  • “Nice for What” — Drake
  • “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
  • “Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak
  • “Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • “Like I Do” — Christina Aguilera featuring Goldlink
  • “Pretty Little Fears” — 6lack featuring J. Cole
  • “This Is America” — Childish Gambino
  • “All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • “Rockstar” — Post Malone featuring 21 Savage

Best Rap Song

  • “God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib
  • “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II
  • “Lucky You” — R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet
  • “Sicko Mode” — Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young
  • “Win” — K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson

Best Rap Album

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY — Cardi B
  • SWIMMING — Mac Miller
  • VICTORY LAP — Nipsey Hussle
  • DAYTONA — Pusha T
  • ASTROWORLD — Travis Scott

Best Comedy Album

  • ANNIHILATION — Patton Oswalt
  • EQUANIMITY & THE BIRD REVELATION— Dave Chappelle
  • NOBLE APE — Jim Gaffigan
  • STANDUP FOR DRUMMERS — Fred Armisen
  • TAMBORINE — Chris Rock

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME — Various artists
  • DEADPOOL 2 — Various artists
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN — Various artists
  • LADY BIRD — Various artists
  • STRANGER THINGS — Various artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • BLACK PANTHER — Ludwig Göransson
  • BLADE RUNNER 2049 — Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer
  • COCO — Michael Giacchino
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER — Alexandre Desplat
  • STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI — John Williams

Best Song Written for Visual Media

  • “All the Stars” (from BLACK PANTHER) — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith
  • “Mystery of Love” (from CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) — Sufjan Stevens
  • “Remember Me” (from COCO) — Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
  • “Shallow” (from A STAR IS BORN) — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt
  • “This Is Me” (from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN) — Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
  • Boi-1da
  • Larry Klein
  • Linda Perry
  • Kanye West
  • Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video

  • “Apeshit” — Ricky Saiz
  • “This Is America” — Hiro Murai
  • “I’m Not Racist” — Joyner Lucas & Ben Proulx
  • “Pynk” — Emma Westenburg
  • “Mumbo Jumbo” — Marco Prestini

Best Music Film

  • LIFE IN 12 BARS — Lili Fini Zanuck
  • WHITNEY — Kevin Macdonald
  • QUINCY — Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones
  • ITZHAK — Alison Chernick
  • THE KING — Eugene Jarecki

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Tristan Ettleman

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