Best Pop Duo/Group isn’t a new category at the Grammys, but starting in 2011 it was combined with Best Pop Collaboration, and since then it has gone to an artist collaboration every year: “Body and Soul” (Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse, 2011), “Somebody That I Used to Know” (Gotye and Kimbra, 2012), and “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and Nile Rodgers, 2013). True to form, four of this year’s five nominees are collaborations.
“Somebody That I Used to Know” and “Get Lucky” both also won Record of the Year, and only one of this year’s Pop Duo/Group contenders is nominated in that top category: “Fancy,” the summer smash hit by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. Does that make it the presumptive favorite?
They’re up against Coldplay, who won this category for “Viva La Vida” (2008) and were also nominated for “Paradise” (2011).
Christina Aguilera is another proven Grammy favorite. She won Best Female Pop Vocal twice (“Beautiful” in 2003 and “Ain’t No Other Man” in 2006) and was previously nominated in the Pop Duo/Group category with Maroon 5 for “Moves Like Jagger” (2011). This year, she joins first-time nominees A Great Big World for their song “Say Something.”
“Dark Horse” is Katy Perry‘s first nomination in the Pop Duo/Group race, but she has earned six nominations as a solo artist: three for Female Pop Vocal, and three more for Pop Solo Performance, without a win. Her collaborator, Juicy J, is nominated for the first time.
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