Breaking Down Pink & Nate Ruess' "Just Give Me A Reason"

It's nominated for Song Of The Year at the 2014 GRAMMYs: does it have a shot at winning?



We've got GRAMMY fever around these parts, seeing as Music's Biggest Night goes down just over two week from now, which is why we're breaking down the first nominee for Song Of The Year with y'all. We'll be delving into each nominee as the days go by, researching the making behind the tracks, and seeing why the lyrics got popular enough to be nominated for an award.

First up on the docket is Pink ft. Nate Ruess' "Just Give Me A Reason", which was written by the pair when Ruess (the frontman of fun.) was enlisted to help write for Pink's The Truth About Love. After insisting that Ruess be featured on the track with her -- multiple times -- Pink finally got her way, and therefore released what could be 2013's biggest ballad.

But what's the song about, exactly? With two seperate verses between a couple having a disagreement about their relationship, it shows both sides of the story. States Pink, in the Spotify commentary she recorded for the service, "Sometimes [one partner] can be like, 'The way you passed me the butter this morning, I kinda feel like we're going to be over in a month and we need to talk' and he's like, 'I just passed you the f***ing butter, what are you talking about?' and that's how I felt the song should go."

And what made it so successful? Not only is Pink one of the world's biggest pop stars, but with the buzz surrounding Ruess and his band fun., as well as the understated production of the track by Jeff Bhasker, gave "Just Give Me A Reason" a huge platform to sit on already. With its anthemic chorus Just give me a reason / Just a little bit's enough / Just a second we're not broken just bent / And we can learn to love again, Pink and music fans alike could really get behind a simple ballad all about attempting to repair a crumbling relationship. Haven't we all felt a little bent, not broken?

Overall, "Just Give Me A Reason" has a very high chance of winning Song Of The Year at the 2014 GRAMMYs -- did we mention it's also been Pink's longest-Billboard-charting song of all time? Stay tuned until tomorrow when we break down another nominee in the Song Of The Year category. For now, check out Pink's music video off VEVO:



The 56th annual GRAMMY awards kick off Sunday, January 26th at 8pm EST / PST on CBS. Be sure to tune in!