The Grammys award Song of the Year to the best written tune of the eligibility period, and there are also separate songwriting awards for specific genres like rock, R&B, rap, country, American roots and visual media – but not pop. That’s anomalous because there are pop categories for vocal performance and album, just like most other genres. So why do pop songwriters not get their own award? And should the recording academy create that category?
Pop songs have won Song of the Year the last four years in a row: Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” (2011), Fun‘s “We Are Young” (2012), Lorde‘s “Royals” (2013) and Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me” (2014). Shouldn’t the authors of those hits also have been awarded as the best pop songwriters? After all, Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” enjoyed double honors as Song of the Year and Best Country Song in 2010. And Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” was both Song of the Year and Best R&B Song in 2009.
Our forum posters are discussing the lack of a Best Pop Song category at the Grammys. Do the awards really need it? Is the competition actually fairer without it? Read some of their comments below, vote in our poll, join the discussion in our forums and use our drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to predict Song of the Year, where another pop contender, Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space,” is currently tipped to win.
Final2: I think there should be [a Best Pop Song category] just because a pop song doesn’t win [Song of the Year] every single year.
Stripped: We have this discussion all the time. There is really no need for a Best Pop Song category since we have Song of the Year.
PoweR: Besides Grammy watchers like us, has the industry even made a big deal out of there not being a Pop Song category? They review the categories every year and changes are made, but there is still no news of there ever being a Best Pop Song. I really don’t think the industry sees it as unfair.
Mikeboy898: I firmly believe there should be a separate category for pop songs. There are some pop songs that don’t deserve to get general-field recognition (and have no shot in hell at ever being nominated for a Song of the Year-type of category) but should still receive Grammy recognition and be honored in the Pop category as being a solid pop song.
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