Predictions for the major categories at the 2019 Grammys are making the rounds.

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I have a love-hate relationship with awards shows now. From a writer’s standpoint, they’re not exciting to cover – it’s a race to see who can get the post up first and win the SEO race and it’s usually always Billboard or E! News in the end anyway – and I just don’t see the relevance anymore. Ugh I’m officially the Grinch of the Grammys.

In recent years, music’s biggest night has faced backlash for whitewashing and nominating/awarding more men than women (JAY-Z is the exception here. They did him dirty), so it’s particularly interesting to see Janelle Monae is the frontrunner to take home Album of The Year for her most-recent release, Dirty Computer, at the 2019 Grammys.

This prediction comes from According to them, she comes in just ahead of The Carters’ Everything Is Love. Considering how many times the Recording Academy has burned Beyonce and JAY-Z, they could very well take home the win. You know, redemption.

Elsewhere in the Top 5 are Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy), Kacey Musgraves (Golden Hour) and Drake (Scorpion). Taylor Swift’s Reputation comes in at No. 6 and Ariana Grande’s Sweetener at No. 7.

In the Record of the Year category, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” is currently in the lead. Drake’s “God’s Plan” comes in at No. 2, followed by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin’s “I Like It,” Ed Sheeran and Beyonce’s “Perfect” and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle” rounding out the Top 5.

The Best New Artist list is also quite curious considering most of them don’t seem that… new. Ella Mai is at No. 1, followed by Dua Lipa, Troye Sivan, Luke Combs and Marshmello.

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Each year that passes, awards shows face a dip in ratings and relevancy. I think it’s due to the immediate and easy access we get to our favs through social media the other 364 days of the year. That overexposure, combined with how much music we’re inundated with on a daily basis, has watered down these once prestigious accolades. Don’t even front: how many times have you seen an artist win an award, say ‘cool,’ then keep scrolling.

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