Grammy Predictions: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

Gold Derby’s music experts Darrin Dortch and David Schnelwar reveal who will win and who should win in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. In the days to come, they will be predicting the rest of the top Grammy races.

They already offered their picks and predix for Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, as well as the two dance-related categories: Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording.

And they have also given their predictions for Best Rap SongBest Rap Album, Best Rap Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Solo Performance.

“Airplanes Part II,” B.O.B., Eminem & Hayley Williams
“Imagine,” Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
“If It Wasn’t For Bad,” Elton John & Leon Russell
“Telephone,” Lady Gaga & Beyonce
“California Girls,” Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Darrin’s take: Veteran acts usually win in this category for songs that aren’t hits. Voters usually throw 2-3 popular acts and round out the race with album tracks from veterans. Much like 2006 and 2008, when veteran acts Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss beat out some of the year’s biggest hits, the veterans will likely prevail here. The B.O.B., Lady Gaga and Katy Perry singles — all huge hits — will cancel each other out. Herbie Hancock was a surprise Album of the Year winner three years ago and could spoil, but I’ll give Elton John and Leon Russell the edge here since their album is fresher in voters’ minds, they’re currently promoting the album, and their album may be a threat in the General Field next year. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sir Elton and Russell ended up like Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at next year’s Grammys.

Will win: Elton John & Leon Russell, “If It Wasn’t For Bad”
Should win: Lady Gaga & Beyonce, “Telephone”
Spoiler: Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, “Imagine”

David’s take: Three of the nominees are big hits on Top 40 radio and will likely split the vote (“Airplanes,” “California Gurls” and “Telephone.” Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg’s “California Gurls” is the biggest hit song of the five nominees and spent 3 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. This is Katy Perry’s best chance of winning of her four nominations. Lady Gaga & Beyonce’s “Telephone” won Best Collaboration Video at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and is possible to win as well. Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Konono No 1, Seal, Jeff Beck & Oumou Singers’ “Imagine” was an unexpected nomination but is unlikely to win. Elton John & Leon Russell’s collaboration album “The Union” was released in October 2010 and is not eligible. It was well received critically and likely to be a serious contender at next year’s Grammys. I predict Elton John & Leon Russell will win.

WILL WIN: Elton John & Leon Russell, “If It Wasn’t For Bad”
SHOULD WIN: Lady Gaga & Beyonce, “Telephone”
SPOILER: Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg, “California Girls”

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