Grammys nominations predictions: Pop Duo/Group & Collaboration

Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals

Darrin Dortch’s Predictions

“What Do You Got,” Bon Jovi
“Misery,” Maroon 5
“The Only Exception,” Paramore
“Babyfather,” Sade
“Hey, Soul Sister (Live),” Train

Even though Train submitted a live track and probably doomed their Record of the Year chances, they are still a sure bet to get nominated here since past Best New Artist winners Maroon 5 won with a live track here a few years ago. Speaking of Maroon 5, they’ll be back, too, to defend their crown. They’re going for a third win in this race. Sade had a big comeback year and will probably end up here, too. Voters have a weird obsession with Bon Jovi in the pop field so I’m betting on them to get another filler nod. I’m going with Paramore for the last spot since lead singer Hayley Williams (and their song) had a nice run on the charts. Watch out for past nominees One Republic and MGMT as well as newbies The Script, La Roux and, unfortunately, the “Glee” cast.

David Schnelwar’s Predictions

“What Do You Got,” Bon Jovi
“Misery,” Maroon 5
“Babyfather,” Sade
“Breakeven,” The Script
“Hey, Soul Sister (Live),” Train

Bon Jovi and Maroon 5 have both been nominated four times in this category.  Maroon 5 won twice in this category (2005 and 2007). Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” and The Script were all over VH1 and various radio formats so both are expected to nominated. Sade could be a factor in the General Field and also turn up here.

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

David Schnelwar’s Predictions

“If It Wasn’t For Bad,” Elton John & Leon Russell
“You’ve Got A Friend,” Carole King & James Taylor
“Telephone,”Lady Gaga f/Beyonce
“California Gurls,” Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg
“OMG,” Usher & will.i.am

Carole King and James Taylor are assumed to be nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. If so,  we should expect to see a nomination here. Elton John & Leon Russell’s album “The Union” was released after the qualifying period and could factor into to next year’s Grammy. I expect John & Russell to receive a premature nomination in this category similar to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss‘ “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On).”  The following year,  Plant and Krauss won this category and were major Grammy players. Top 40 hit songs turn up in this category. Lady Gaga & Beyonce’s “Telephone,” Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg and Usher & will.i.am’s “OMG” are expected to be nominated.

Darrin Dortch’s Predictions

“Airplanes II,” B.O.B. f/Hayley Williams & Eminem
“Baby You Got What It Takes,” Michael Buble & Sharon Jones
“You’ve Got A Friend,” Carole King & James Taylor
“Telephone,” Lady Gaga f/Beyonce
“California Gurls,” Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg

This category is stacked. The King/Taylor collaboration is a lock, as is the Gaga/Beyonce collabo. After that, it’s safe to bet on an old school pairing like Buble/Jones as well as the #1 smash “California Gurls” and the ubiquitous “Airplanes.” Usher’s dance floor romp “OMG” could very well break in here as well. Watch out for other hits from Bieber, McCoy/Mars, Enrique and others. Voters could also toss a nod to the highly acclaimed Blige/Bocelli pairing.

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