Grammy Predictions: Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals

Gold Derby’s music experts David Schnelwar and Darrin Dortch disagree about both who will win and who should win this award but are in accord about who could play spoiler. First up was Best Rock Solo Performance with Vocals.

“Ready To Start,” Arcade Fire
“I Put A Spell On You,” Jeff Beck & Jose Stone
“Tighten Up,” The Black Keys
“Radioactive,” Kings of Leon
“Resistance,” Muse

David’s take: Arcade Fire will likely win due to their Album of the Year nomination. However, they are not a lock because they failed to receive a Best Rock Song nomination. Muse is a serious contender and can win the Rock Field trifecta, including this category as well as Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album. Kings of Leon won in this category in the past two years, but “Radioactive” was not as big a hit as “Use Somebody.” Only three times in this category’s thirty year history has a collaboration won. Those odds do not help Jeff Beck and Joss StoneThe Black Keys are not likely to upset.

Will win: Arcade Fire, “Ready To Start”
Should win: Muse, “Resistance”
Spoiler: Muse, “Resistance”

Darrin’s take:  Duets almost never win this category so let’s immediately eliminate Beck & Stone. Kings of Leon have won this category the past two years, but their latest single and album was a huge disappointment critically and commercially so they’re unlikely to three-peat. Album of the Year nominees Arcade Fire were snubbed in Best Rock Song so I doubt they win here. Muse and the Black Keys are both nominated throughout the rock field. I’ll give the Black Keys a slight edge here since they’ve been present throughout the voting period, their song was a hit, their album is selling well and they just came off of a well-received “Saturday Night Live” performance.

Will win: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up”
Should win: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up”
Spoiler: Muse, “Resistance”


R&B: Best R&B Song, Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

POP: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

DANCEBest Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording

RAPBest Rap SongBest Rap Album, Best Rap Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Solo Performance

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