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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Something Just like This" – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
"Despacito" – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
"Thunder" – Imagine Dragons
"Feel It Still" – Portugal. The Man
"Stay" – Zedd and Alessia Cara
  • Xtina
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    “Thunder” is definitely the nominee to watch out for.

    In a good year of music, “Despacito” wouldn’t have a chance in hell of winning. Because this year was so shitty, “Despacito” may win one, two, or all three of its nominations.

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    Why are people voting for Despacito? The song is already forgotten. Whereas “Thunder” is still in top 5 in sales, radio airplay etc…

    Grammy voting ended several weeks ago, so Thunder’s current chart performance is irrelevant.

    Despacito is the only song in this category nominated for Record or Song of the Year. A quick look at the category history would tell you that all but one time GF nominees appeared in Pop Duo/Group, one of them won. (The outlier was Iggy Azalea’s Fancy.)

    Thunder is too new and will likely split votes with Feel It Still, which appeals to a similar voting bloc.

    I don’t know how a song that was released last April would be considered “too new.”

    It would make more sense that “Something Just Like This” and “Thunder” would split more votes than “Feel It Still” and “Thunder.” Either way, “Thunder” is the song that was peaking at the right time. I wouldn’t be surprised at a win for it here.

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    I’m aware voting took place in December. And Thunder was still in Top 5 in terms of sales, radio airplay etc… It was still charting high in BB (#5 during that period) despite being released in April. Whereas, Despacito is completely forgotten.

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    It is also to note that Imagine Dragons is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, so the support is strong in the pop field. Plus, they previously won a Grammy in the Rock field. They may have more support than you think.

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    darrenc95
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    It is also to note that Imagine Dragons is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, so the support is strong in the pop field. Plus, they previously won a Grammy in the Rock field. They may have more support than you think.

    Well, of the other nominees, Zedd, Alessia, and the Despacito trio didn’t release albums in the period, and Coldplay scored a surprise nomination in Pop Album despite The Chainsmokers faltering. So that leaves Portugal. The Man who didn’t get a Pop Vocal Album nom. (Which doesn’t completely rule them out either, since A Great Big World won Pop DG without an Album nomination.)

    And just because Thunder was first released in April doesn’t mean that’s when it registered for the general public. It peaked very recently. Voters who only listen to pop or adult contemporary radio may not have been that familiar with it, if at all for some older voters.

    And to M: Despacito is not “completely forgotten.” The song spent 16 weeks at #1, for crying out loud.

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    There is a such that as a song “peaking at the right time,” though. If anything, that would help “Thunder,” not hurt it.

    I do believe “Despacito” is the runaway winner, but I can also see the voters treating it like a lightweight song (i.e “Fancy”).

    Imagine Dragons reminds me a lot of Twenty One Pilots, and the way their songs were ubiquitous without hitting #1.

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    Are we actually trying to compare the record-breaking, 4x Latin Grammy winning, 16-week #1 song Despacito to a song that has been bashed by pretty much every critic alive and barely reached the top 5? Yikes.

    If anything, Coldplay presents a bigger threat. The fact that they got into Pop Vocal instead of Demi, Miley, The Chainsmokers, Portugal. The Man, Paramore, and Halsey (all of those had a better chart run than that EP) with very mediocre reviews proves that the Grammy’s like Coldplay more than we think. Plus, the Chainsmokers won Best Dance Recording last year with a lesser hit, and got nominated in this category with Closer.

    Despacito is winning.

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    Honey, the Chainsmokers and Coldplay aren’t winning. Coldplay have become perennial nominees.

    One thing for sure and two things for certain, Zedd and Alessia Cara don’t have a chance in hell of winning.

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    Richard Aniston
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    Despacito will probably win all three of it’s categories.

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    Xtina
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    I’m iffy about “Despacito” winning Song of the Year over “That’s What I Like.” Though, SOTY is up for grabs.

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    I’m absolutely sure Coldplay won’t win.

    This award probably goes to Despacito(as a consolation prize or as part of the 2/3 wins); but if Despacito fails to win any of its nominations, it’ll go to Thunder or Feel It Still, maybe(a big maybe)”Stay” if Alessia loses everything else.

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    RadioGAGAhead
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    “Despacito” will likely win, but if anyone is going to spoil that, I could see it being Portugal. The Man. Respected alt rock band with a breakout song that is Grammy friendly… Sounds like a winner with a more similar narrative to Twenty One Pilots than Imagine Dragons… “Thunder” would be the most mediocre winner of this category ever.

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    “Despacito” will likely win, but if anyone is going to spoil that, I could see it being Portugal. The Man. Respected alt rock band with a breakout song that is Grammy friendly… Sounds like a winner with a more similar narrative to Twenty One Pilots than Imagine Dragons… “Thunder” would be the most mediocre winner of this category ever.

    I don’t think “Thunder” deserves a Grammy either, but it’s not like the Grammys are super judicious, right? But I agree “Feel It Still” stands a decent chance, for the same reasons you said.

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    Stay won’t win.

    I would love to see Portugal. The Man win, but I doubt it happens

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    Honey, the Chainsmokers and Coldplay aren’t winning. Coldplay have become perennial nominees.

    This is by far Coldplay’s biggest hit to be nominated in this category. And the Grammys still have a lot of love for them, even if they haven’t gotten the chance to award them in awhile. The fact that their forgettable 5-song EP got a Pop Album nomination over proper albums by The Chainsmokers, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Portugal. The Man, and AOTY nominee Lorde, among others, is quite telling.

    If any song can upset Despacito, it will be SJLT. It should also be noted that it’s easily the second biggest hit in the category, and unlike Closer last year, has had nearly a full eligibility year to resonate with voters.

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