“Depsacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber appears to be the frontrunner for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards. It helps that it’s the only song in this category that is also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. But the Expert journalists we’ve polled are split over this race. They warn of a possible upset from “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man.
As of this writing three of our Experts agree with the consensus that “Despacito” will win: Edna Gundersen (Gold Derby), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), and Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Music). However, the remaining two Experts are going out on a limb for “Feel it Still”: Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Chris Willman (Gold Derby). This is the first Grammy nomination for Portugal. The Man, a rock band that originated in Wasilla, Alaska. But they’ve actually been making music for more than a decade. “Feel it Still” comes from their latest album “Woodstock,” which is actually the eighth album they’ve released since 2006.
“Feel it Still” is not only their first Grammy nominated single, it’s also their first to make the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and not only that it peaked at number-four and went platinum. But that alone might not be an advantage as this category is riddled with top-10 hits. In addition to “Despacito,” which spent a record-tying 16 weeks at number-one, there’s “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons (which is still in the top 10), the double-platinum “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara, and the triple-platinum “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay.
Do you agree with our Experts that we’re underestimating “Feel it Still,” or does “Despacito” have a lock on this category?
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