Looking at the submissions for the pop categories of the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, a couple of things stand out to me.
Kelly Clarkson had a HUGE hit with “My Life Would Suck Without You” earlier in the year, but her record label or management decided to submit “Already Gone” by itself. Since it’s been peaking during the the voting period, the latter seems to be a safe bet for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance along with “Hometown Glory” (Adele), “Halo” (Beyoncé), “Sober” (Pink), “Circus” (Britney Spears) and “You Belong with Me” (Taylor Swift). In spite of the controversy surrounding the two tracks, “Already Gone” and “Halo” are distinct enough to stand out on their own here.
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance will likely be dominated by veteran acts with entries by Seal, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder in the mix. The last couple of spots will likely go to Rob Thomas’ “Her Diamonds” and Owl City’s “Fireflies” which has hit the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart twice in the last month.
It is no surprise that the Black Eyed Peas were placed here. “I Gotta Feeling” will land them their third mention in Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with likely competition from The All-American Rejects and Bon Jovi among others.
Surprisingly, Britney Spears’ Circus was not submitted to Best Pop Vocal Album where she’s appeared twice in the past. Overall, I don’t really expect any left-fielders this time around and perennials will probably dominate in the pop field.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Adele, “Hometown Glory”
Kelly Clarkson, “Already Gone”
Britney Spears, “Circus”
Taylor Swift, “You Belong with Me”
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Owl City, “Fireflies”
Seal, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”
James Taylor, “Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm”
Rob Thomas, “Her Diamonds”
Stevie Wonder, “All About the Love Again”
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals
The All-American Rejects, “Gives You Hell”
Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Bon Jovi, “We Weren’t Born to Follow”
The Fray, “Never Say Never”
3OH!3, “Don’t Trust Me”
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Tony Bennett & Antonia Bennett, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”
Chris Botti & Sting, “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, “Lucky”
Willie Nelson & Norah Jones, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
OneRepublic & Sara Bareilles, “Come Home”
Lionel Richie & Akon, “Just Go”
Best Pop Vocal Album
Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.
Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted
Kanye West, 808s and Heartbreak