Grammys nominations predictions: Male Pop Vocal

Our four pundits — Gold Derby forum moderators Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and David Schnelwar — and Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan agree on just two of the five nominees for Male Pop Vocal Performance at this year’s Grammys: Michael Buble (“Haven’t Met You Yet”) and Jason Mayer (“Half of My Heart”). Beyond that newcomer Bruno Mars (“Just the Way You Are”) and vet James Taylor (“Carolina on My Mind”) each make three of their lists.

Says Darrin: “Grammy voters LOVE veterans in this category. James Taylor and Seal are multiple nominees and winners here so I’m not betting against them this year. Taylor is coming off of a successful live album with Carole King and Seal was just nominated in this category last year. Buble and Mayer, a four-time winner here, are the frontrunners for the win and will surely get nodded. Newcomer Bruno Mars just had a No.1 hit with ‘Just the Way You Are’ and will round out the category.”

David writes, “I don’t remember the last time that this category was this competitive for a nomination. Jason Mraz is the returning champion in this category and is likely to receive his third consecutive nomination. John Mayer has won in this category four times in the past decade. He has only lost once to Justin Timberlake in 2007. Lucky for Mayer that Timberlake is not a factor this year. Michael Jackson‘s last nomination was for ‘You Rock My World’ (in 2001) and is very possible to receive a posthumous nomination for ‘This Is It.’  The last artist to win posthumously in this category was Roy Orbison in 1990. Michael Buble was all over multiple radio formats for his hit ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ and is hoping for his second nomination in this category.  James Taylor has enough momentum to receive a nomination for his live version of ‘Carolina on my Mind.'”

MALE POP VOCAL Darrin Dortch Rob Licuria David Schnelwar Paul Sheehan

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