Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse are something of a lock to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Their cover of "Body and Soul" from Bennett's "Duets II" is warm reminder of Winehouse's rich talent. Since this is her first Grammy citation since her passing, voters will and should take this opportunity to honor her.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is the irresistibly catchy "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. The tune danced its way to the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. When both acts first emerged on the music scene, they won Best New Artist Grammys and have since picked up additional trophies -- including Maroon 5's two wins in this category for "Makes Me Wonder" (2008) and "This Love" (2006). These Grammy favorites teaming up makes them a definite spoiler.
Most prognosticators thought Foster the People would manage some major Grammy nods including Record of the Year for "Pumped Up Kicks" and Best New Artist. Instead, they're only cited in this race and in Best Alternative Album ("Torches"). Their disappointing overall showing puts "Pumped Up Kicks" in a definite third place for the win.
In 2009, Coldplay won this category for their massive hit "Viva la Vida" (2009) and now contend for "Paradise." The track was a modest success on the Billboard pop and dance charts and did even better on rock and alternative radio. Its wide appeal still does not come close to the sensation "Viva la Vida" was.
The Black Keys nabbed the Best Alternative Music Album award last year for their "Brothers," besting Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" which went on to win Album of the Year later in the evening. Proving they are emerging Grammy darlings, The Black Keys break into the pop category with a Buddy Holly cover of "Dearest."
Listen to the nominated songs below.