Song of the Year is the reason there is no Pop Song category

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  • PoweR
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    There have been many Grammy followers who said that the Grammys need to add a Best Pop Song category since other fields have them. But in reality, there are already two categories to recognize pop songs: Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Even though those categories should be about all types of songs and all types of have been nominated, the voters and BRP still tend to recognize more pop songs or songs that have crossed over to the pop world before recognizing songs that peaked outside of the top 40. A #1 or #2 hit almost always have a better chance at being nominated than a song that peaked at #37 and only made impact on the R&B charts, for example. 

    Is there really a need to add a Best Pop Song category? If you think so, then do you think there should be more balance every year in the Record and Song of the Year categories to make it fairer for all fields? 

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    Final2
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    I think there should be just because a pop song doesn’t win every single year.

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    joesilver
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    But what about u2 winning both Rock song and song of the year, Dixie Chicks & Lady Antebellum winning both Country Song and song of the year and Beyonce winning both R&B song and song of the year.

    And Lorde and Adele won Song of the year but no genre song category. Maybe they should eliminate Rap Song, R&B song, Country Song and Rock song and only have Song of the year instead.

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    joesilver
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    I agree that there should be more balance every year in the Record and Song of the Year categories though. For example they could have nominated Drunk In Love last year.

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    PoweR
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    Yes, when there are other types of songs nominated, they tend to win. A song like “Need You Now” was a huge pop hit, so I would consider that a pop song/crossover song, which I mention in my original post. And didn’t U2 also win with a song that was nominated in the Pop field? 

    I think a Pop Song category is only needed if the BRP starts to have a balance in the general field. Otherwise, 80% of Record/Song of the Year would be identical to Best Pop Song, which would make the category redundant.

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    circa 1993
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    #413144

    They don’t want to extend Katy Perry’s losing streak.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I thought it was because most pop songs have shit lyrics.

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    Xtina
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    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.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I think there should be a Pop Song category, even if pop is overrepresented in the Song of the Year race. If that’s the case, why not get rid of Pop Performance too since a lot of pop songs get nominated for and win Record of the Year?

    If I were a songwriter in another genre, I’d be bothered by the idea that Song of the Year is the de facto pop song award. Maybe other genres would get more support in the top category if it weren’t the only place to award pop songwriters.

    Regardless, it’s arbitrary not to have a Pop Song category. It takes nothing away from anyone else to include it, and it’s unfair no matter how you look at it — whether you think pop songs will win Song of the Year anyway or that pop songs aren’t good enough for their own category.

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    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. 

    By the way, it was Neil Portnow who stated that Song of the Year is the reason there is no Best Pop Song. He did a Q&A right after the committee got rid of a slew of categories. 

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    mikeboy898
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    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 recongition and be honored in the Pop category as being a solid pop song.

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    Best Pop Song = Song of the Year
    Best Pop Vocal Performance = Record of the Year

    How are you going to compare Record of the Year to Best Pop Song? It doesn’t matter. ROTY is for vocal performance. SOTY is for the song that was written, which would match Best Pop Song.

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    Best Pop Song = Song of the Year
    Best Pop Vocal Performance = Record of the Year

    How are you going to compare Record of the Year to Best Pop Song? It doesn’t matter. ROTY is for vocal performance. SOTY is for the song that was written, which would match Best Pop Song.

    OK. Well, delete Record of the Year and you still have Song of the Year. Can you answer  the question now like everyone else did? 

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    [quote=”kingofrapmusic17″]

    Best Pop Song = Song of the Year
    Best Pop Vocal Performance = Record of the Year

    How are you going to compare Record of the Year to Best Pop Song? It doesn’t matter. ROTY is for vocal performance. SOTY is for the song that was written, which would match Best Pop Song.

    OK. Well, delete Record of the Year and you still have Song of the Year. Can you answer  the question now like everyone else did? 
    [/quote] I don’t have to say anything. Everyone is giving out the same answers I would’ve given. I just replied because of the comparison of Record of the Year and Best Pop Song.

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