Grammys 2019 — the winners

Image was created in black and white) Childish Gambino performs onstage during the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 2 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2017 in New York City.

From Best Album to Best Video, these are the official results of this year’s Grammy awards. We didn’t get them all right, but we weren’t that far off.

Long the butt of jokes and serious op-ed pieces that hinge on the question of whether or not anyone (potential audience or even nominated artist) really cares who wins, the 2019 Grammys are nonetheless upon us.

With K-Pop giants BTS due to make an appearance but invitations to perform declined by the likes of Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar the show itself this year at the very least will be a mixed and somewhat half-empty bag. The nominations themselves are — except for a few standout titles almost certain to come through from the likes of Childish Gambino and Cardi B. — nothing too surprising to write home about either.

With all that in mind, however, we’ve gone ahead and made some predictions as per who might and who should win this year’s awards. We could be wrong. But we shouldn’t be.

UPDATED 10.2.2019 with official winners

Album Of The Year

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You
DrakeScorpion
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Post MaloneBeerbongs & Bentleys
Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album

Will win: Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
Should win: Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
Honourable mention: Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
WINNER: Kacey Musgraves — Golden Hour

Record Of The Year

Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Post Malone & 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey – “The Middle”

Will win: Drake — “God’s Plan”
Should win: Childish Gambino — “This Is America” Honourable mention: Kendrick Lamar & SZA — “All The Stars”
WINNER: Childish Gambino — “This Is America”

Song Of The Year

Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan” (Patrick) Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey – “The Middle”

Will win: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper — “Shallow”
Should win: Childish Gambino — “This Is America”
Honourable mention: Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey — “The Middle” (this might not be what you’d technically call a “Good Song,” but — in short — it slaps)
WINNER: Childish Gambino — “This Is America”

Best New Artist

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

Will win: Dua Lipa
Should Win: Jorja Smith
Honourable mention: Greta Van Fleet
WINNER: Dua Lipa

Best Alternative Music Album

Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Beck – Colors
Björk – Utopia
David Byrne – American Utopia
St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION

Will win: Björk – Utopia
Should win: Björk – Utopia
WINNER: Beck – Colors

Best Rap Album

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
Mac MillerSwimming
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap Pusha T – Daytona
Travis Scott – Astroworld

Will win: Travis Scott — Astroworld
Should win: Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy
WINNER: Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy

Best Rock Album

Alice in Chains — Rainier Fog
Fall Out BoyM A N I A
Ghost – Prequelle
Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires
WeezerPacific Daydream

Will win: Weezer — Pacific Daydream
Should win: Fall Out Boy — M A N I A
Honourable mention: Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires
WINNER:Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila Cabello – Camila
Kelly Clarkson – Meaning Of Life
Ariana GrandeSweetener
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
P!nk – Beautiful Trauma
Taylor SwiftReputation

Will win: Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Should win: Ariana Grande – Sweetener
NB: While Ariana Grande will (and should) win this award, it’s worth noting that, in a category this lacking, it probably isn’t that much to shout about.
WINNER: Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Carters – Everything Is Love
Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz – Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
Miguel – War & Leisure
Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism

Will win: The Carters – Everything Is Love
Should win: Miguel – War & Leisure
WINNER: The Carters – Everything Is Love

Best Country Album

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

Will win: Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Should win: Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
WINNER: Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Best Metal Performance

Between The Buried And Me – “Condemned To The Gallows”
Deafheaven – “Honeycomb”
High On Fire – “Electric Messiah”
Trivium – “Betrayer”
Underoath – “On My Teeth”

Will win: Deafheaven – “Honeycomb”
Should win: Deafheaven – “Honeycomb”
WINNER: High On Fire – “Electric Messiah”

Best Music Video

The Carters – “APESHIT”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Joyner Lucas – “I’m Not Racist”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Tierra Whack – “Mumbo Jumbo”

Will win: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Should win: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Honourable mention: Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”