Our four pundits -- Gold Derby forum moderators Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and David Schnelwar -- and Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan agree on four of the five nominees for Female Pop Vocal Performance at this year's Grammys: Sara Bareilles ("King of Anything"), Lady Gaga ("Bad Romance"), Katy Perry ("Teenage Dreams") and Pink ("Glitter in the Air").
Says David, "This category is usually the most competitive to win. And this year there is stiff competition just to receive a nomination. 'Bad Romance' is expected to be nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, therefore it is expected for Lady Gaga to be nominated in this category. Katy Perry was nominated in this category for the past two years and is likely to return this year for her No. 1 hit 'Teenage Dream.' Sheryl Crow has not won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance since 1994 for 'All I Wanna Do.' Crow has been nominated five times since and is very likely to return this year. Pink gave the best performance at last year's Grammy Awards for her song 'Glitter in the Air' and has been been nominated four times in this category and has yet to win. Sara Bareilles was nominated in this category in 2008 and has a good chance to return this year."
For Darrin, "Gaga obviously has this award wrapped up since 'Bad Romance' and her album are frontrunners for General Field nominations. Now who will join her in the category? Katy Perry is having a huge year commercially so she's in. Pink's Grammy performance earlier this year is probably still on voters' radar so she'll show up. The last two spots are tricky. I'm betting on Carole King because I believe voters will be very receptive to her live album with James Taylor. I expect the duo to receive multiple nominations in the pop field and General Field much like Robert Plant and Allison Krauss in 2008. I'll pick Bareilles for the last spot since she's a past nominee, has a recent No. 1 album and is fresh in voters' minds."
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