Awards shows are messy. You know it, I know it, and the Academy knows it. Despite who wins, there are people who are displeased. And with the dominance of social media, angry mobs form quickly and scream loudly. It's not the best formula, but it's what we've got.

So, what would happen if award winners were secretly leaked before the ceremony itself? Drama, chaos, and a lot of angry mobs. That's exactly what happened Monday night when a list of alleged Grammy Award winners was leaked to Twitter.

So, early in December, the Recording Academy announced the official Grammy nominees for 2019.

The Recording Academy increased the number of nominees in the top categories from five to eight. But still, not everyone was happy.

Kendrick Lamar is the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven, Brandi Carlile and producer Boi-1da with six each, and Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, mastering engineer Mike Bozzi, and producer Sounwave each with five.

Grammy favorite Taylor Swift only received one nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, while social media's favorite Ariana Grande received just two for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Just as fans started to calm down about the nominations, someone on Twitter alleged that a list of winners for the 61st annual Grammy Awards had leaked.

Among the alleged winners on the list were Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Taylor Swift, H.E.R., Chloe X Halle, Beck, and Zedd. The original tweet has now been deleted, as well as the account responsible for the supposed "leak."

They posted an accompanying video scrolling through the Recording Academy's website showing the winners.

It looks pretty legit, although it's most likely an elaborate hoax. Regardless, chaos ensued, as can be expected with any kind of leak on social media.

Things got messy pretty fast.

Some thought it was a thoughtless mistake from the Recording Academy. Some thought it was an elaborate undermining of the Awards, and others simply thought the Twitter user made it all up for fun.

Naturally, there were some folks thrilled with the supposed winners.

"These Grammy leaks better be true bc rep deserves," one Twitter user wrote, obviously referring to Taylor Swift's Reputation.

Grande fans were about a second away from a mental breakdown.

"So according to the Grammy winners leak, Ariana didn't win ANYTHING????" Twitter user @cannoligrande wrote. "Excuse [me] academy, explain this shit." 

Others were near tears because they weren't sure how else to feel.

"I'm sorry, but if these Grammy leaks are real I'm gonna cry," user @stateoftaylor89 wrote. All this over a single now-deleted tweet.

It practically goes without saying that the leak was, indeed, fake. The Recording Academy told Complex it was far from legit.

"There is no legitimacy to this. GRAMMY Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes," a spokesperson told the publication.

And instead of people realizing the whole leak was fake, they think the Recording Academy is now re-voting and changing all the winners.

We're pretty sure after 61 awards shows, the Recording Academy knows what it's doing. To make such a huge mistake now would be pretty embarrassing.

Anyway, Alicia Keys is hosting this year's ceremony and it's bound to be one for the books.

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Then again, every year there's some sort of drama that unfolds, and everyone talks about it for weeks to come. What will it be this year?

In case you forgot, Bruno Mars took home practically every award at last year's Grammy ceremony.

The year before that, the big winner of the night was Adele for her album 25 and her mega-popular hit song "Hello." 

The official winners will be announced at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Tune into CBS on Sunday, February 10, at 8 p.m. ET to see for yourself. Miley Cyrus, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Brandi Carlile will perform.

The stakes are high this year, but my money is on Brandi Carlile. Then again, what do I know?

photo: ABC

Maybe we already actually know the winners, and the ceremony will give us nothing to talk about! Just kidding.

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