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59th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the pop field


At last some of the most important submissions for the 59th GRAMMYs had been leaked giving us a refreshed view on the possible nominations.

And we begin with the pop field packed with the biggest hits of the year, dance club tunes, teen-pop realness and of course Adele. Some of the early contenders such as Coldplay, Paul Simon and the 1975 had been switched to rock whereas Lady Gaga did not submit anything, despite “Perfect Illusion” being eligible.

Here are the odds for the pop field. Songs are listed in order of likelihood of being nominated.

Best Pop Solo Performance

  1. Adele — “Hello”
  2. Justin Bieber — “Love Yourself”
  3. Kelly Clarkson — “Piece by Piece” (Idol Version)
  4. Katy Perry — “Rise”
  5. James Bay — “Let It Go” (Live)
With Gaga out of the picture and Justin Timberlake in the group category, the race for pop solo is now wide open. Three artists are guaranteed nominees: Adele, Justin Bieber, and Kelly Clarkson. Bieber is looking for his first “performance” nomination. The remaining two spots are still debatable. Chances are that Katy Perry gets her 4th (and overall 14th Grammy nod) for her Olympic anthem “Rise” as she’s been nominated for every record she submitted since “I Kissed A Girl”. James Bay is the other likely option after suffering the fate as Pharrell Williams and John Legend (both nominated for the live versions of their songs) after Bay’s “Let It Go” was submitted last year before hitting the charts.
Other notable submissions include Beyoncé’s “Hold Up”, P!nk’s “Just Like Fire”, and Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman”.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
  1. Lukas Graham — “7 Years”
  2. Justin Timberlake (and the cast of Trolls) — “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Film Version)
  3. The Weekend & Daft Punk — “Starboy”
  4. Rihanna & Drake — “Work”
  5. Sia & Sean Paul — “Cheap Thrills”

This category looks more like the Billboard Hot 100 chart than a list of submissions. It is so competitive that it was hard to decide for only five potential nominees. On top of that, all the five songs listed above are also likely contenders in the general field, specially Lukas Graham’s “7 years” (an early favourite for song of the year), the film version of  “Can’t Stop the Feeling” with Timberlake, and 2014 winners Daft Punk for “Starboy” with the Weeknd. Drake and Rihanna opted for pop to maximize the number of nominations while Sia might also get the ticket with “Cheap Thrills” who is also eyeing a nod for Record of the Year.

Other notable submissions include The Chainsmokers & Hasley’s “Closer”,  Beyoncé & the Weekend’s “6 Inch” and Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend”.

Best Pop Vocal Album

  1. Adele — 25
  2. Justin Bieber — Purpose
  3. Ariana Grande — Dangerous Woman
  4. Sia — This Is Acting
  5. Demi Lovato — Confident

Before the submissions, the favourites to join ‘guaranteed nominees’ Adele and Justin Bieber were veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon and the British band Coldplay (regulars in the pop album category). However they now appear in the rock field and the result of this are submissions dominated by chart toppers. In fact the only adult alternative artist on the list could be Adele. Ariana Grande, previously nominated in 2015, is now a shoo-in. Completing the list we could see two artists nominated for the first time Sia and Demi Lovato. And while Sia appears on many other predictions’ list, Lovato is overlooked despite of being involved in several GRAMMY sessions and performing at last year’s ceremony.

Other notable submissions include Pentatonix’s self-titled album, Nick Jonas’ Last Year Was Compliacted and Shaw Mendes’ Illuminate.

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