AceShowbiz - Singer Janelle Monae has topped the Associated Press' poll of the best albums of the year with "Dirty Computer".
The star's third studio album, which earned Janelle two 2019 Grammy Award nominations, including for Album of the Year, beat country singer Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour to top the annual poll.
Rapper J. Cole's "KOD", the soundtrack to season three of hit TV show "Insecure", and "The Kids Are Alright" by Beyonce Knowles's protegees Chloe & Halle complete the top five, while Beyonce and Jay-Z's joint release "Everything Is Love", Robyn's "Honey", and "Sweetener" by Ariana Grande earn mentions in the top 10.
Meanwhile, Latin artists Nicky Jam and J Balvin's infectious "X" has been declared the top song of 2018, beating out R&B veteran Toni Braxton's "Long as I Live", and "Empire" actor/singer Jussie Smollett's "Ha Ha (I Love You)" for the honour.
Others earning a mention in the top 10 include "Boo'd Up" by Ella Mai, Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All the Stars" from the "Black Panther" soundtrack, Normani Kordei and Khalid's "Love Lies", and Drake's viral hit "In My Feelings".
Rising British singer Ella is also being recognised as one of the outlet's Breakthrough Entertainers of 2018, alongside "Crazy Rich Asians" stars Awkwafina and Henry Golding, country singer Kane Brown, and "BlacKkKlansman" actor John David Washington.