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 including 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 six years in a row: Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” (2012), Fun‘s “We Are Young” (2013), Lorde‘s “Royals” (2014), Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me” (2015) Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” (2016) and Adele’s “Hello” last year.
This year, Sheeran is well-poised to win a bookend. He currently sits in second place in our Grammy predictions for Song of the Year with his #1 pop tune “Shape of You.” Sheeran and Steve Mac penned this dance tune with additional contributions by Johnny McDaid, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs.
Also in contention is one-time dance diva Kesha who had a huge hit with with her piano ballad “Praying.” She co-wrote “Praying” with Ben Abraham, Andrew Joslyn, and the song’s producer Ryan Lewis (best known for his Grammy winning collaborations with Macklemore).
The current frontrunner is “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar. But unlike the songs by Sheeran and Kesha, that chart-topping rap could well win a genre-specific song award for Lamar and his co-writer Mike Will Made. Is that fair?
Shouldn’t the authors of hit tunes such as those by Sheeran and Kesha also be honored as the best pop songwriters? 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.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments section and then make your predictions for Best Song of the Year at the upcoming Grammys.
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