Grammys 2013 Predictions: Pop, Dance/Electronica and Traditional Pop Fields
For the second year in a row, male and female pop artists are competing in the same Grammy category—Best Pop Solo Performance. And for the second year in a row, females are likely to take four of the five spots. Last year, Bruno Mars was the only male artist nominated in the category. This year, Ne-Yo may wind up as the only male artist in the finals for his smash “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself).”
On last year’s Grammy telecast, Maroon 5 participated in a tribute to the Beach Boys. (Adam Levine and his crew sang “Surfer Girl.”) This year, the two acts may be competing for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Maroon 5 has won twice in this category (for “This Love” and “Makes Me Wonder”). The Beach Boys, remarkably, have never won a Grammy in competition (though group mastermind Brian Wilson won for an instrumental performance on his 2004 album Smile.)
Nicki Minaj’s debut album Pink Friday was a finalist last year for Best Rap Album. Her follow-up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is in the running for a Best Pop Album nomination. (The Grammys’ placement of the new album reflects a general perception that Minaj is now primarily a pop artist.) Minaj has a good chance of making the Pop Album finals, though that is a very competitive category. The other artists with the best chance of making the finals are Rihanna, P!nk, Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber. (The Rihanna and P!nk albums are also serious contenders for Album of the Year nominations.)
Skrillex, who won Best Dance/Electronica Album last year for Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, is likely to be back in the finals with Bangarang. His chief competitors are expected to be Deadmau5’s >Album Title Goes Here< and The Chemical Brothers’ Don’t Think. The Chemical Brothers won in this category with 2005’s Push The Button and 2007’s We Are The Night.
Michael Buble, a three-time winner for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, will probably be nominated again for his smash album, Christmas. But he faces a serious challenge from Paul McCartney, who is likely to be nominated for his low-key album of standards, Kisses On The Bottom. McCartney has won in the pop and rock fields, but not yet in Traditional Pop. Complicating things for Buble: No Christmas album has ever won in this category.
The Grammy nominations will be announced on a live TV special on Dec. 5. The awards will be presented on Feb. 10.