Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett. These are all names associated with great musical success and long careers, but what about the other bands in the Grammys category for Best Group Pop Performance? We have Maroon 5 (featuring Christina Aguilera) with "Moves Like Jagger," recent success story Foster The People with their huge hit "Pumped Up Kicks," and The Black Keys, a band that has always flown unfairly under the radar with their Buddy Holly cover "Dearest." We wanted to take a closer look at this diverse Grammys category to determine why the nominees were chosen, and which nominee is most likely to take home the Grammy.
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
This song was what put Foster the People on the map last year. It was extremely successful both commercially and critically which is why it's a great choice for this category. It could take home the award based on its success alone but we don't think the song is as strong compared to some of the other nominees in the category. If there were a category for "Best New Artist's Best New Song" this could easily take it but, well, there's not.
Coldplay - Paradise
Coldplay's epic Paradise (which we conveniently decoded for you here) is a stadium pop moment in true Coldplay fashion. It was probably chosen because it's undeniably great, but when it came out, critically it wasn't well-received. Coldplay is a huge band and the Grammys recognize that (obviously) but we don't know if Paradise is strong enough to win in this category.
Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse - Body And Soul
Tony Bennett is a true class-act and on his latest album, the collaborations are out of this world. Among others, his newest album counts collaborations with Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones and Lady Gaga, but the real standout for obvious reasons is this duet with Amy Winehouse. Her voice never wavers and her out-school charm matches Bennett's perfectly in this rendition of his classic Body And Soul. We think the song could easily win because of both performers' unmistakeable talent.
The Black Keys - Dearest
'Dearest' was covered by The Black Keys for last year's tribute to Buddy Holly, Rave On Buddy Holly. This is a very interesting choice considering it's not an original song, and it didn't appear on any Black Keys album. It's also interesting because The Black Keys have had such a great past 3 years with the record that finally put them on the pop-map, Brothers, and their follow-up El Camino. These two rockers have incredible talent and could end up being the dark horse choice in this category.
Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
Ah, the pop/dance song that took the world by storm just a few short months ago. This song's pure catchiness and sense of fun made it a huge success and a great choice for Best Pop Performance. Adam Levine has awesome energy and Christina Aguilera's voice is unmatched, so if the Grammys were wanting to go truly "pop", this could take home the prize. We just don't know if the song matches the others in this category in terms of substance.
So, who do you think will win Best Group Pop Performance? If you're still undecided, check out our friends at MP3.com and their analysis of the category (hint: their prediction is different from ours!) Let us know what you think in the comments!