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    It wasn’t like this at all with the gender-separate Pop Vocal categories, which often awarded low-performing or even uncharted songs. What was it about the combination that changed it so completely?

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    The same reason the pop field nominated six albums over Lorde’s Melodrama.

    It’s a popularity contest. Voters will go with the song they hear the most in the pop field, which is basically what “pop” is for the most part.

    The Grammys weren’t always like that, though.

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    It would be interesting to know the demographics of voters and what role they play in the industry, e.g. producers, songwriters, session musicians, vocalists or some other role.

    I suspect that a lot of people voting in the pop field are not people actively working in pop music and so name recognition and sales are a major factor.

    This article is quite good: http://www.complex.com/music/2014/01/how-does-grammy-voting-work

    Members are supposed to vote only in their fields of expertise …. I weighed in on the nominees for best pop album, even though I don’t pay as much attention to pop music as other genres. Hey, I told myself, pop is for people who don’t pay much attention anyway.

    I’m sure the same applies to pop solo as well as pop album.

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    It wasn’t like this at all with the gender-separate Pop Vocal categories, which often awarded low-performing or even uncharted songs. What was it about the combination that changed it so completely?

    Adele has won this award 3 times, arguably one of the best vocalists in music today, who happened to have big hits. And then Ed won his first one for one of his best vocals.

    They just happened to award the big hits. Who cares.

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    It seems that the consistency lies in the big hits winning, while the best performance winning is much more inconsistent.

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    Honey, the answer is rather simple. Since 2009, the Grammys became commercial. That’s why the biggest hits always win Best Pop Solo Performance.

    I can’t believe dumb ass posters thought Kesha or Lady Gaga would win with flop songs.

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    The bigger the hit, the more likely voters have actually heard it.

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    I think we should focus on this year academy choice. I don’t think ‘Shape of You’ deserved but questioning the previous winners doesn’t seem fair. Without any doubts Adele deserved, Lorde also deserved and I think ‘Thinking out Loud’ deserved too.
    I have some reservations about ‘Happy’ but I didn’t get mad about it when the song won, it really pass the happy vibe the song was meant to and the song is not terrible we all just got a bit tired of it. I consider ‘All of Me’ and ‘Chandelier’ better than ‘Happy’ though.

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