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    As we all know, these two categories were consolidated into Best Pop Solo Performance starting with the 2012 ceremony. If those categories were kept, who would be the two winners in each year since then?

    Usually one of them is an easy guess, as you can look to who won Pop Solo to pick the winner for one of those categories. However, there were all-female lineups in 2013 and 2020, so trying to guess who the male winner that year would have been is trickier.

    My guesses:

    2012
    Female – “Someone Like You” (Adele)
    Male – “Grenade” (Bruno Mars)

    2013
    Female – “Set Fire to the Rain” (Adele)
    Male – “It Will Rain” (Bruno Mars)

    (“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz would have been another strong male option, but I think the Recording Academy’s longstanding infatuation with Bruno Mars would have given him the edge.)

    2014
    Female – “Royals” (Lorde)
    Male – “When I Was Your Man” (Bruno Mars)

    (“Mirrors” could also have won for Male, but Bruno Mars edged Justin Timberlake out for Pop Vocal Album.)

    2015
    Female – “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
    Male – “Happy” (Pharrell Williams)

    2016
    Female – “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift)
    Male – “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran)

    2017
    Female – “Hello” (Adele)
    Male – “Love Yourself” (Justin Bieber)

    2018
    Female – “Million Reasons” (Lady Gaga)
    Male – “Shape of You” (Ed Sheeran)

    2019
    Female – “Joanne” (Lady Gaga)
    Male – “In My Blood” (Shawn Mendes)

    (My male option is a bold pick since it didn’t get nominated over Beck or Post Malone, but Shawn Mendes got in Pop Vocal Album over the latter and the SOTY nomination could have given him the edge.)

    2020
    Female – “Truth Hurts” (Lizzo)
    Male – “Someone You Loved” (Lewis Capaldi)

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    2012
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Someone Like You”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

    2013
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain”

    2014
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lorde, “Royals”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man”

    2015
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Sia, “Chandelier”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Pharrell Williams, “Happy (Live)”

    2016
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Kelly Clarkson, “Heartbeat Song”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

    2017
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Hello”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”

    2018
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Kelly Clarkson, “Love So Soft”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

    2019
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Christina Aguilera, “Unless It’s With You”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Sam Smith, “Pray”

    2020
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Khalid, “Better”

    2021
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

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    2012
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Someone Like You”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

    2013
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain”

    2014
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lorde, “Royals”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

    2015
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Sia, “Chandelier”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Pharrell Williams, “Happy (Live)”

    2016
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

    2017
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Hello”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”

    2018
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Kesha, “Praying”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

    2019
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Beck, “Colors”

    2020
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”

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    I’d be most interested to see what the lineups might look first; certainly, there are multiple occasions where voters who chose Males that ultimately placed 6+ would combine to skew the Female top 5 when forced to.

    Similarly, I wonder if some of the surprises – like Gaga’s “Joanne” – might not have happened once Beck’s numbers are placed elsewhere.

    2018 Female would have been interesting; 3 different winners have already been chosen: Lady Gaga for “Million Reasons,” Kesha for “Praying,” and Kelly Clarkson for “Love So Soft.” I was pretty surprised to see Gaga miss out on a SOTY nomination that year, so with Ed out of the way, I think she’d be most likely. But, “Praying” was a moment, although its nomination – even in a genre field – was great. Of course, would a Gaga win in 2018 prevent 2019’s?  Would missing 2019 give “Always Remember Us This Way” more of a shot for 2020?

    Pretty shocked at Sia’s overall lack of Grammy love considering her place in the industry as a writer for the biggest names. “Chandelier” had all of the ingredients for at least 2, if not 3, awards, “Cheap Thrills” missing out on a ROTY nod would be similar to “7 Rings” or “OTR” missing in 2020, and I’d have thought a Sia + Kendrick collaboration like “The Greatest” would have been huge bait. [shrugs]

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    2016 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Kelly Clarkson, “Heartbeat Song”

     

    We know you don’t like Taylor Swift but this in no way would happen… Blank Space was a million times better and more popular!

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    Nominations & Winners with Winners in bold:

    2012:

    Female:

    Adele – Someone Like You

    Lady Gaga – Edge of Glory or You and I – I forgot which one it was, either is great!

    Firework – Katy Perry

    S&M by Rihanna

    Till the World Ends by Britney Spears

    Male:

    Grenade by Bruno Mars

    More by Usher

    Don’t Wanna Go Home by Jason Derulo

    Headlines by Drake

    The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco

    2013:

    Female:

    Adele – Set Fire to the Rain

    Rihanna – Where Have You Been

    Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Mabye

    Katy Perry – Wide Awake

    Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)

    Male:

    It Will Rain by Bruno Mars

    I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

    Boyfriend by Justin Bieber

    Home by Philip Philips

    Scream by Usher

    2014:

    Female:

    Royals by Lorde

    Diamonds by Rihanna

    Roar by Katy Perry

    Applause by Lady Gaga

    Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

    Male:

    Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

    When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

    I Cry by Flo Rida

    Treasure by Bruno Mars – Yes a double nom…

    The Other Side by Jason Derulo

    2015:

    Female:

    Chandelier by Sia

    Shake it Off by Taylor Swift

    Burn by Ellie Goulding

    Birthday by Katy Perry

    Team by Lorde

    Male:

    Happy by Pharell Williams

    All of Me by John Legend

    Not a Bad Thing by Justin Timberlake

    Don’t by Ed Sheeran

    Let Her Go by Passenger

    2016:

    Female:

    Blank Space by Taylor Swift

    Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding

    One Last Time by Ariana Grande

    Heart Beat Song by Kelly Clarkson

    Fight Song by Rachel Platten

    Male:

    Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran

    Can’t Feel My Face by The Weekend

    Jealous by Nick Jonas

    Stiches by Shawn Mendes

    What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber

    2017:

    Female:

    Hello by Adele

    Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

    Hold Up by Beyonce

    Same old Love by Selena Gomez

    Love on the Brain by Rihanna

    Male:

    Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

    Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

    Pillowtalk by ZAYN

    Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes

    One Call Away by Charlie Puth

    2018:

    Female:

    Million Reasons by Lady Gaga

    Praying by Kesha

    What About Us by Pink

    Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato

    Love So Soft by Kelly Clarkson

    Male:

    Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

    That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars

    There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back by Shawn Mendes

    Attention by Charlie Puth

    Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur

    2019:

    Female:

    Joanne by Lady Gaga

    God is a Woman by Ariana Grande

    Havana by Camila Cabello

    Delicate by Taylor Swift

    Beautiful Trauma by Pink

    Male:

    Colors by Beck

    Better Now by Post Malone

    In My Blood by Shawn Mendes

    Mine by Bazzi

    How Long by Charlie Puth

    2020:

    Female:

    7 Rings by Ariana Grande

    Truth Hurts by Lizzo

    Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

    Spirit by Beyonce

    You Need to Calm Down by Taylor Swift

    Male:

    Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi

    Better by Khalid

    If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes

    Wow by Post Malone

    Be Alright by Dean Lewis

    2021:

    Female:

    Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

    Cardigan by Taylor Swift

    Say So by Doja Cat

    Stupid Love by Lady Gaga

    Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish

    Male:

    Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

    Circles by Post Malone

    Yummy by Justin Bieber

    Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi

    Blinding Lights by The Weekend

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    you’re predicting 7 rings to win in the exact same category it lost in?

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    you’re predicting 7 rings to win in the exact same category it lost in?

    Well-😭😭😭

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    2012:

    Female

    1. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep” (winner)
    2. Katy Perry – “Firework”
    3. Lady Gaga – “You and I”
    4. P!nk – “Fucking Perfect”
    5. Beyoncé – “Best Thing I Never Had”

    Male

    1. Bruno Mars – “Grenade” (winner)
    2. Chris Brown – “Yeah 3X”
    3. Michael Buble – “Hollywood”
    4. Lil Wayne – “How to Love”
    5. Adam Lambert – “If I Had You”

    2013:

    Female
    (All nominees were female)

    Male

    1. Ne-Yo – “Let Me Love You”
    2. Phillip Phillips – “Home”
    3. Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
    4. Usher – “Scream”
    5. Not Over You (Gavin DeGraw)

    2014:

    Female

    1. Lorde – “Royals” (winner)
    2. Katy Perry – “Roar”
    3. Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
    4. Kelly Clarkson – “Catch My Breath”
    5. Lana Del Rey – “Young and Beautiful”
    6. Anna Kendrick – “Cups”

    Male

    1. Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man” (winner)
    2. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
    3. James Blake – “Retrograde”
    4. Phillip Phillips – “Gone Gone Gone”
    5. Ed Sheeran – “Lego House

    2015:

    Female

    1. Sia – “Chandelier” (winner)
    2. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
    3. Megan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
    4. Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts
    5. Idina Menzel – “Let It Go”
    6. Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

    Male

    1. Pharrell Williams – “Happy (Live)” (winner)
    2. Sam Smith – “Stay with Me (Darkchild)”
    3. Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
    4. John Legend – “All of Me (Live)”
    5. Ed Sheeran – “Don’t”

    2016:

    1. Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” (winner)
    2. Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
    3. Kelly Clarkson – “Heartbeat Song”
    4. Ella Henderson – “Ghost”
    5. Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”

    Male

    1. Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (winner)
    2. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
    3. Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
    4. Adam Lambert – “Ghost Town”
    5. Pharrell Williams – “Freedom”

    2017:

    Female

    1. Adele – “Hello” (winner)
    2. Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
    3. Ariana Grande – “Dangerous Woman”
    4. Kelly Clarkson – “Piece by Piece (Idol)”
    P!nk – “Just Like Fire”
    Meghan Trainor – “No”

    Male

    1. Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself” (winner)
    2. Mike Posner I Took a Pill in Ibiza
    3. James Bay – “Let It Go (Live”)
    4. Bob Dylan – Melancholy Mood
    5. Troye Sivan – “Youth”
    6. Zayn – “Pillowtalk”

    2018:

    Female
    1. Kesha -– “Praying” (winner)
    2. Lady Gaga – “Million Reasons”
    3. P!nk – “What About Us”
    4. Kelly Clarkson – “Love So Soft”
    5. Ariana Grande – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Live)”

    Male
    1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
    2. Khalid – “Young, Dumb & Broke”
    3. James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”
    4. Bob Dylan – “I Could Have Told You”
    5. Pharrell – “Runnin’”
    6. Harry Styles – “Two Ghosts”

    2019:

    Female

    1. Lady Gaga – “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’)” (winner)
    2. Ariana Grande – “God is a woman”
    3. Camila Cabello – “Havana (Live)”*

    – Take your pick from the following five —

    4. Kacey Musgraves – “High Horse”
    5. Janelle Monae – “Make Me Feel”
    6. P!nk – “Beautiful Trauma”
    7. Keala Settle – “This Is Me”
    8. Barbra Streisand – “Don’t Lie to Me”
    9. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”

    *if collab & group is still separated, Havana gets nominated the previous year and she submitted Never Be the Same.

    Male
    1. Beck – “Colors”
    1. Post Malone – “Better Now” Post Malone)
    3. Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
    4. Charlie Puth – “How Long”
    5. Troye Sivan – “My! My! My!”

    2020:
    Female
    (All nominees were nominees)

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    1.
    Khalid – “Better” (winner)
    2. Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
    3. Shawn Mendes – “If I Can’t Have You”
    4. Post Malone – “wow”
    5. ???

    2021
    Female
    1. Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”
    2. Billie Eilish – “everything i wanted”
    3. Doja Cat – “Say So”
    4. Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”
    5. Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
    6. Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”

    Male
    1. Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”
    2. Justin Bieber – “Yummy”
    3. Post Malone – Circles
    4. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”
    5. Beck – “Everlasting Nothing”

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    I’m not going to think of the male nominees who’d get in because that would be a lot of work. I will only have to come up with 1/2 female names for each year

    • 2012
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Someone Like You”
        • Bruno’s replacement: Rihanna’s submission
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
    • 2013
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
        • all female linup, no changes
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Ed Sheeran, “The A Team”
        • SOTY nominee so I know he made it to the top 7/8-ish
          • this would’ve allowed Lorde or Ariana Grande to deservingly take his place at BNA in 2014…
    • 2014
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lorde, “Royals”
        • Bruno & JT’s replacements: Cups & Diamonds
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man”
    • 2015
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Sia, “Chandelier”
        • John, Pharrel and Sam’s replacements: All About That Bass, Let It Go, Pretty Hurts
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Pharrell Williams, “Happy (Live)”
    • 2016
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
        • Ed Sheeran & The Weeknd’s replacements: Dear Future Husband, One Last Time
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
    • 2017
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Hello”
        • Bieber’s replacement: Just Like Fire
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”
    • 2018
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Kesha, “Praying”
        • Ed’s replacement: Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Live)
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
    • 2019
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Joanne”
        • Beck & Post’s replacements: Delicate,
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Post Malone, “Better Now”
    • 2020
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”
        • all female lineup
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”
        • SOTY nominee, a win similar to Ed’s in 2013
    • 2021
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Taylor Swift, “cardigan”
        • Bieber & Harry’s replacements: Stupid Love & Underdog
      • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Harry Styles, “Watermelon Sugar”

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    We can all agree the outcomes could have been satisfactory.

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    Facts!^

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    Had Male Pop Vocal Performance still existed, The Weeknd would’ve likely been snubbed for “Blinding Lights” there too 👀

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