The Grammys gives out one of its top awards — Song of the Year — to the best written tune of the eligibility period. And while there are separate songwriting awards for a slew of genres — American roots, contemporary Christian, country, gospel, R&B, rap, rock, and visual media — pop does not number among these.
What makes this omission even odder is that there are pop categories for vocal performance and album, as is the case with most of those other genres. So why do pop songwriters not get their own award? And should the recording academy create that category? Vote in our poll below and make your voice heard.
Pop songs have won Song of the Year the last five years in a row: Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” (2011), Fun‘s “We Are Young” (2012), Lorde‘s “Royals” (2013), Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me” (2014) and Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” last year.
Shouldn’t the authors of those hit tunes also been awarded as the best pop songwriters as well? After all, Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” won both Song of the Year and Best Country Song in 2010. And Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” was named both Song of the Year and Best R&B Song in 2009.
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