Grammy predictions by artist 2019: Cardi B will dominate the general field despite being ineligible for Best New Artist

The Grammys have gotten flak for being dismissive of women and hip-hop artists, but as luck would have it, this year they have the opportunity to make amends by honoring a female rapper: Cardi B. The Grammy nominations will be announced on Friday morning, December 7, and according to the combined predictions of thousands of Gold Derby users, Cardi B will be the most nominated artist in the general field categories with four bids — this despite the fact that she’s not even eligible for Best New Artist.

It’s almost inarguable that Cardi B was the biggest breakout music star of 2018, releasing her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” to critical acclaim and making history with three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, more than any other female rapper in history. But her breakthrough hit “Bodak Yellow” was released in the previous Grammy eligibility period and earned her a pair of nominations last year for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, which disqualified her from Best New Artist consideration this year.

Nevertheless, she’s tipped to earn four bids in the top categories: Album of the Year for “Invasion,” Record of the Year for both her own single “I Like It” and as a featured artist on Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You,” and Song of the Year as a co-writer of “Girls Like You.” She would be the first female artist ever to score multiple bids for Record of the Year in a single year.

Beyonce could achieve the very same feat. She’s predicted to earn three general field bids: Album of the Year for “Everything is Love,” her joint effort with Jay-Z, and Record of the Year for both “Apeshit” with Jay-Z and for “Perfect,” her duet with Ed Sheeran.

Also favored to receive three bids in top categories is Drake, who we think will cap his dominant year with bids for Album of the Year (“Scorpion”), Record of the Year (“God’s Plan”) and Song of the Year (“God’s Plan”). This would be quite a turnaround coming two years after Drake criticized the Grammys for how they categorized his song “Hotline Bling” and one year after Drake declined to submit his work for consideration at all. Perhaps all the Grammy changes behind the scenes this year inspired him to give them another chance.

Find out below who else we’re betting on in the top four categories, and be sure to make or update your predictions here in our predictions center before Friday’s announcement.

CARDI B
Album of the Year — “Invasion of Privacy”
Record of the Year — “Girls Like You” (with Maroon 5)
Record of the Year — “I Like It” (with J Balvin and Bad Bunny)
Song of the Year — “Girls Like You” (with Maroon 5)

BEYONCE
Album of the Year — “Everything is Love” (with Jay-Z)
Record of the Year — “Apeshit” (with Jay-Z)
Record of the Year — “Perfect” (with Ed Sheeran)

DRAKE
Album of the Year — “Scorpion”
Record of the Year — “God’s Plan”
Song of the Year — “God’s Plan”

CHILDISH GAMBINO
Record of the Year — “This is America”
Song of the Year — “This is America”

JAY-Z
Album of the Year — “Everything is Love” (with Beyonce)
Record of the Year — “Apeshit” (with Beyonce)

LADY GAGA
Record of the Year — “Shallow” (with Bradley Cooper)
Song of the Year — “Shallow”

ELLA MAI
Song of the Year — “Boo’d Up”
Best New Artist

BEBE REXHA
Song of the Year — “Meant to Be”
Best New Artist

TAYLOR SWIFT
Album of the Year — “Reputation”
Song of the Year — “Delicate”

ZEDD AND GREY
Record of the Year — “The Middle” (with Maren Morris)
Song of the Year — “The Middle”

LUKE COMBS
Best New Artist

ARIANA GRANDE
Album of the Year — “Sweetener”

JUICE WRLD
Best New Artist

DUA LIPA
Best New Artist

MARSHMELLO
Best New Artist

JANELLE MONAE
Album of the Year — “Dirty Computer”

KACEY MUSGRAVES
Album of the Year — “Golden Hour”

TROYE SIVAN
Best New Artist

GRETA VAN FLEET
Best New Artist

Be sure to make your Grammy predictions so that Hollywood record executives and top name stars can see how their music is faring in our Grammy odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Friday, December 7. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Grammys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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