Drake’s Scorpion should win best album at Grammys

H.E.R. has reporter’s vote for top new artist


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Janelle Monáe's album, "Dirty Computer" has stiff competition for the title of Album of the Year.

Kate Hong, A&E Editor

It’s finally time for the 2019 GRAMMY Awards, and we’re set to have some pretty competitive nominations this year.

The GRAMMY Awards is an annual showcase that recognizes the talents of popular musicians.The ceremony airs this Sunday on channel CBS.

Some of the award categories are the Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist of the Year.

The nominations for Album of the Year are Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy”, Brandi Carlile’s “By The Way, I Forgive You,” Drake’s “Scorpion,” H.E.R.’s “H.E.R.,” Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour,” and last but not least, “Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and The Weekend.

I personally think that Drake’s “Scorpion” would win Album of the Year because of how many people listen to his songs, with the album receiving over 170 million streams on Apple Music during the first 24 hours of its release.

However, Cal students may have different opinions on who would win.

Sophomore Kimi Shirai predicts that Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” would win.

“Cardi B has had so much press lately and seems to be one of the best-known artists on the list. In addition, I find her music unique and something that stands out in general,” Shirai said.

Sophomore Ryan Birmingham and sophomore Julia Sung think that Drake’s “Scorpion” would win.

“I think Drake’s “Scorpion” is going to win because no one beats Drake,” Sung said.

However, senior Annaka Lee believes that “Black Panther” will win Album of the Year, while junior Megan Hoang thinks “Beerbongs & Bentley’s” will win.

“Everybody likes Post Malone and his music, and he actually has a good voice sometimes,” Hoang said.

The nominations for Song of the Year are “All the Stars”, “Boo’d Up,” “God’s Plan”, “In My Blood”, “The Joke”, “The Middle”, “Shallow”, and “This Is America”.

“This Is America” should win this category because of its strong message about guns and violence in America.

Sophomore Claire Lee and Hoang think that “God’s Plan” will win Song of the Year, while freshman Vicky Coninck believes “All the Stars” would win.

“I think “God’s Plan” should win because I feel like it’s the most popular and listened-to song,” Lee said.

“Because of how popular the song was, and because it’s Drake,” Hoang said.

The nominees for the Best New Artist of the Year are Chloe X Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, and Jorja Smith.

I think that H.E.R. should win Best New Artist of the Year because she became very widely known in Daniel Caesar’s song “Best Part”, and her voice is very smooth and calming.    

Lee and sophomore Pavithra Movva both believe that Dua Lipa should win the Best New Artist of the Year.

“Dua Lipa [should win] because it’s like the only one I know,” Movva said.

“I feel like [Dua Lipa] was the most popular artist and had many good songs, and many people know her,” Lee said.

But Coninck, sophomore Mona Abbas, and senior Sam Silvestre think that Jorja Smith should win.

“[The songs] are lyrically relatable and the music is great,” Silvestre said.

“I’m going to say Jorja Smith, even though I want Chloe X Halle, but I bet it’s Bebe Rexha,” Abbas said.

Let’s see if this year’s predictions for the GRAMMY Awards are accurate.