Kendrick Lamar

Widely seen as the Oscars of the music business, the 61st Grammy Awards will take place on the 10th February 2019. This year, two of the most likely candidates to claim the major awards are movie soundtracks, the hugely successful A Star is Born and Black Panther.

One of the most prestigious categories in the Grammys is Album of the Year, established to “honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry.”

The leading contender is the soundtrack to Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. Paddy Power are offering odds of 8/5 on a win for that album. Close behind is Golden Hour by country singer Kacey Musgraves at 17/10, with Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe rounding out the favourites at 10/3.

Black Panther: The Album features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, among others, and was described by the New York Times as a, “coherent album that juggles multiple missions” and one which is, “very nearly as densely packed — with ideas, allusions and ambitions — as one of Mr. Lamar’s official solo albums

Major Competition from A Star is Born

The album’s signature track, “All the Stars”, is also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. In these categories, however, it faces stiff competition. Record of the Year seems likely to go to Childish Gambino for This Is America — the odds are currently 1/3 — while Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper is favoured for Song of the Year at odds of 8/15.