Grammy Predictions: The Pop/Dance/Traditional Pop Fields
fun. is likely to win at least one, and quite possibly two, Grammys in the pop field. The New York trio is the clear favorite to win Best Pop Vocal Album and it has a slight edge to take Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “We Are Young,” its smash collabo with Janelle Monae.
The other likely winners in these fields include Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble.
Here are the nominations in the Pop, Dance/Electronic and Traditional Pop Fields.
Best Pop Vocal Album
The discussion: As the only album here that’s nominated for Album of the Year, Some Nights is the front-runner (even though Overexposed, The Truth About Love and Stronger have each sold slightly more copies).
Clarkson is vying to become the first artist to win twice in this category since it was introduced in 1994. She won for 2005’s Breakaway.
The pick: fun.
Best Pop Solo Performance
The nominees: Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” (Live At The Royal Albert Hall), Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been.”
The discussion: All five nominees were top five hits on the Hot 100. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” “Call Me Maybe” and “Set Fire To The Rain” are the front-runners. Clarkson’s smash is nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. Jepsen’s monster hit is nominated for Song of the Year. In terms of vocal performance, however, it’s not even close between these two women. Clarkson has real vocal chops (she took Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 2005’s “Since U Been Gone”). Jepsen’s single was irresistable, but not primarily because of the vocal performance.