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2019 Grammy Awards Betting Odds: Childish Gambino is Poised to Win Big

Don Aguero

by Don Aguero in Entertainment

Updated Mar 28, 2020 · 7:10 PM PDT

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Childish Gambino is the favorite for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Photo by Loxy! (Wikimedia Commons) [CC License]
  • The 61st Annual Grammy Awards takes place on Feb. 10th, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
  • Childish Gambino is favored to pick up Song of the Year and Record of the Year with This is America
  • Check out the odds for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist 

Bruno Mars swept the Grammy’s last year and Kendrick Lamar topped the nominations this year with eight nods. But the spotlight is on Childish Gambino as we head towards the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The modern-day Renaissance man made waves this year with This is America, and the bookmakers have listed him as the favorite to claim the two marquee awards — Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

We provided a sneak peek at the opening odds immediately after the nominations were announced. Now it’s time for the updated odds.

61st Grammy Awards Odds

Album of the Year Odds

Who Will Win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards? Odds
Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae +300
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves +350
Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B +400
Scorpion, Drake +400
Black Panther: The Album +650
Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone +900
By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile +900
H.E.R., H.E.R. +900

Janelle Monae leads the pack with her groundbreaking 2018 concept album, Dirty Computer (+300). The genre-bending project, accompanied by a 46-minute narrative film, explores important issues like gender and sexuality, and was met with universal acclaim from critics and fans alike.

Kacey Musgraves is expected to clean up in the country music categories with her latest album, Golden Hour (+350), and she’s also a favorite to pick up Album of the Year. As expected, Drake’s double album, Scorpion (+400), is also in the running. Cardi B had a year of ups and downs, but the marquee event of her year was the release of her debut album, Invasion of Privacy (+400).

Film soundtracks don’t usually register on the Grammy radar, but Black Panther: The Album (+600) was just too good to ignore. And if you’re looking for a long-odds pick, there’s great value in H.E.R’s self-titled album (+900).

Pick: Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae (+300)

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Best New Artist Odds

Who Will Win Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards? Odds
Dua Lipa +250
H.E.R. +290
Luke Combs +400
Bebe Rexha +550
Greta Van Fleet +550
Chloe x Halle +1000
Jorja Smith +1000
Margo Price +1200

British breakout star Dua Lipa (+250) reached new heights this year with a collaboration with Calvin Harris. Her success up until now was mostly confined to within the UK, but hits alongside the likes of Mark Ronson, Diplo, and Harris have opened her up to the rest of the world.

The secretive H.E.R. (+290) is the other front-runner for New Artist. The 21-year-old only recently revealed her identity to the public, and her self-titled debut album has the world wanting to learn more.

Other names to consider are country musician Luke Combs (+400), R&B insider Bebe Rexha (+550), and Michigan rockers Greta Van Fleet (+550).

Pick: H.E.R. (+290)

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Record of the Year Odds

Who Will Win Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards? Odds
This is America, Childish Gambino -105
God’s Plan, Drake +400
I Like it, Cardi B +650
The Middle, Zedd & Maren Morris +650
Shallow, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper +700
All the Stars, Kendrick Lamar & SZA +1400
Rockstar, Post Malone & 21 Savage +1400
The Joke, Brandi Carlile +1400

Childish Gambino is the odds-on favorite to win the coveted Record of the Year with This Is America (-105). The track was dropped out of nowhere, with no warning or hints of it’s release, and was accompanied by one of the greatest music videos of all time.

Donald Glover’s two closest competitors are Drake’s God’s Plan (+400) and Cardi B’s I Like It (+650). Both records hit the top of the billboards, but neither can rival cultural impact of This Is America. The stand-alone track is nominated for four Grammy’s — Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video — and could well win them all.

Pick: Childish Gambino, This is America

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Song of the Year Odds

Who Will Win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards? Odds
This is America, Childish Gambino EVEN
God’s Plan, Drake +450
Boo’d Up, Ella Mai +600
Shallow, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper +600
The Middle, Zedd & Maren Morris +650
All the Stars, Kendrick Lamar & SZA +1400
In My Blood, Shawn Mendes +1400
The Joke, Brandi Carlile +1400

Again, it’s hard to look past This Is America (EVEN). Drake’s God’s Plan (+450) is giving chase, but like with Record of the Year, the former Degrassi star sits at a distant second place. Interestingly, R&B newcomer Ella Mai is among the front-runners with her breakthrough hit Boo’d Up (+600). And the peculiar collaboration between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Shallow (+600), which accompanies Cooper’s directorial debut film, also finds itself among the favorites.

But this award belongs to Childish Gambino.

Pick: Childish Gambino, This is America

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