Grammy Predictions: Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals

Gold Derby’s music experts David Schnelwar and Darrin Dortch reveal who will win and who should win in the category of Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group 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 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.

“Don’t Stop Believin’,” Glee Cast
“Misery,” Maroon 5
“The Only Exception,” Paramore
“Babyfather,” Sade
“Hey, Soul Sister,” (Live) Train

David’s take: The albums for Maroon 5, Sade and Paramore all failed to receive an album nomination in their genre fields. Therefore none of them are likely to win. I would not be surprised if the Glee cast wins unexpectedly. They are the only nominees with an an album nomination. I also assume most voters watch “Glee”.  I would not count them out. Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” ranked at #1 on VH1’s  Top 40 of 2010. They last won a Grammy in 2000 for “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” for Best Rock Song and were number one on VH1’s year-end countdown that same year. I think Train will win.

Will win: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”
Should win: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”
Spoiler: Glee Cast – “Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)”

Darrin’s take: Sade’s single didn’t make a dent on the pop charts; they’ll probably have better luck in the R&B field. I’d be surprised if NARAS gave a Grammy to a bunch of TV stars so I think the Glee cast is out, too. Paramore is a dark horse, as “The Only Exception” was a real breakout hit for them. Maroon 5’s track was a decent-sized hit and they’ve won this category two times, but Train is the frontrunner. “Hey, Soul Sister” is one of the biggest hits of the year and they narrowly missed a Record of the Year nomination.

Will win: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”
Should win: Maroon 5, “Misery”
Spoiler: Maroon 5, “Misery”

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