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58th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the Pop Field

We are less than a month away from knowing who are the nominees for the 58th GRAMMYs. As I mentioned on my previous post, I’d be predicting the mainstream fields and this is the turn for the field that everybody hates and loves: Pop. And this year’s pop field could simply be an extension of the general field contenders. Let’s take a look:

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

  1. Taylor Swift — Blank Space
  2. The Weeknd — Can’t Feel My Face
  3. Ed Sheeran — Thinking Out Loud
  4. Pharrell Williams — Freedom
  5. Ellie Goulding — Love Me Like You Do

The three main contenders here (Swift, The Weeknd, Sheeran) are heavy bets in the Record and Song of the Year categories with those same tracks. Swift was present last year, Sheeran might be getting his first performance nod, and The Weeknd has never been in the GRAMMYs before. Another possible nominee is last year’s winner, Pharrell Williams. However, “Freedom” doesn’t seem to have generated a lot of buzz. Lastly, voters may finally want to get Ellie Goulding a try for her well-received “Love Me Like You Do” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

Other notable submissions

  • George Ezra — Budapest
  • Rachel Platten — Fight Song
  • Sia — Alive
  • Sam Smith — Writing’s On the Wall
  • Meghan Trainor — Lips Are Movin’

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

  1. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars — Uptown Funk
  2. Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar — Bad Blood
  3. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney — FourFiveSeconds
  4. Meghan Trainor & John Legend — Like I’m Gonna Lose You
  5. Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth — See You Again

I am pretty much certain that this is going to be the Pop/Duo Group line-up. There’s no doubt about it, those are the strongest collaborations of the year. Once again, we could see the category dominated by rap-assisted songs. And groups don’t seem to have as big of a shot as collaborations. On the other hand, this category is so competitive this year that we might even have a group of six nominees.

Other notable submissions

  • Andrea Bocelli & Ariana Grande — E Piu Ti Penso
  • Ariana Grande & The Weeknd — Love Me Harder
  • Major Lazer DJ Snake ft. MØ — Lean On
  • Maroon 5 — Sugar
  • Walk the Moon — Shut Up and Dance (Acoustic)

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  1. Taylor Swift — 1989
  2. Meghan Trainor — Title
  3. Florence + The Machine — How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  4. Mark Ronson — Uptown Special
  5. Kelly Clarkson — Piece by Piece

The Pop Vocal album category is almost a guaranteed win for Taylor Swift’s 1989. The question is who are going to be her other four virtual opponents. And of these, two albums are certain locks: The blockbuster début from Meghan Trainor, Title and the other one of the few critically-acclaimed pop albums of the year, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + the Machine. Furthermore, everyone seems to be predicting Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special as this album features GRAMMY darlings such as Bruno Mars and Stevie Wonder. Now, the fifth nominee could be a total surprise, but let’s give a shot to Kelly Clarkson’s, the only performer with multiple wins in this category, for her moderately successful Piece by Piece.

Other notable submissions:

  • Charli XCX — Sucker
  • Lana Del Rey — Honeymoon
  • George Ezra — Wanted On Voyage
  • Carly Rae Jepsen — E•MO•TION
  • Madonna — Rebel Heart

BEST TRADITIONAL POP ALBUM

Sadly, only five submissions were disclosed for this category. Also, for some reason Christmas albums were shifted to the Pop Vocal category. Anyhow, among the possible nominees are albums by Tony Bennett (The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern with Bill Charlap); Bob Dylan (Shadows in the Night); and Barry Manilow (My Dream Duets).

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4 thoughts on “58th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the Pop Field

  1. Taylor Swift will probably win big around 4 or 5 wins including Song of the Year, Best Pop vocal and Album of the Year in 2016 Grammys.

  2. Hey buddy! Long time no speak! I think most of your predictions are right on! Thinking Out Loud gets my vote for Pop Solo Performance & Record Of The Year! Love your predictions!

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