Sometimes awards voters keep you waiting. The Oscar famous delayed gratification to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, showering nominations on “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and “The Two Towers” (2002) before finally opening the floodgates and giving Best Picture (and 10 other prizes) to “The Return of the King.” It looks like Beyonce and Jay-Z may be on the same track. According to the early predictions of our Top Users, their joint album “Everything is Love” is the Grammy front-runner for Album of the Year. It follows two other albums about their marital discord that both lost the top prize.
Beyonce’s “Lemonade” was released in 2016 without any advance promotion, but it achieved some of the best reviews of her career. Exploring the rift between her and Jay-Z following his infidelity, it swept the MTV Video Music Awards and earned her nine Grammy nominations in 2017. But those awards ended in a shocker when Adele took the top prize for “25” — her second Album of the Year win in just five years.
Then came Jay-Z’s confessional “4:44” in 2017. It also earned rave reviews, and it lead the 2018 Grammy noms with eight bids. But not only did it lose Album of the Year, it lost everything else too in one of the biggest shutouts in Grammy history.
But Beyonce and Jay-Z buried the hatchet, defeated Sauron with the good hair, and sent Frodo back to the shire with the release of their 2018 collaboration album “Everything is Love.” That gives Grammy voters the chance to reward both artists for the achievement of all three albums. And it would simultaneously give voters the opportunity to atone after they’ve been criticized for under-rewarding women and hip-hop.
That’s what our Top 24 Users are currently predicting will happen. Our Top 24 got the highest scores predicting last year’s Grammy nominations, and currently 12 of them are betting on a win for Bey and Jay. Five other Top Users are betting on “Reputation” by Taylor Swift. Two are backing “Dirty Computer” by Janelle Monae. Another two say it will be “Songs of Experience” by U2. And one Top User apiece is predicting “Invasion of Privacy” by Cardi B, “Scorpion” by Drake, and “?” by the late rapper XXXTentacion. So it looks like this race is still wide open with about three months left in the Grammy eligibility period.
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