Exploring The Pop Field
You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Pop Field categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Three of the year's most dominant artists — Adele, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars — each received two nominations in the Pop Field. All three artists garnered nods in the General Field categories as well.
Best Pop Solo Performance
All five of the nominated songs were major hits. Lady Gaga's "Yoü And I" was the fourth top 10 hit from Born This Way. Bruno Mars' "Grenade" was the second No. 1 hit from Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Lady Gaga and Mars won GRAMMYs last year for Best Female and Male Pop Vocal Performance, respectively, for "Bad Romance" and "Just The Way You Are." Adele's "Someone Like You" was the second No. 1 hit from 21. The Lady Gaga, Adele and Mars albums are nominated for both Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Adele won in the Best Female Pop Vocal category category three years ago for "Chasing Pavements." Katy Perry's "Firework" was the third #1 hit from Teenage Dream. Pink's "F***in' Perfect" was the second top 10 hit from Greatest Hits…So Far!!! Perry's album was a finalist for both of these awards last year.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
This category features two collaborations: "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera and "Body And Soul" by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse. "Moves Like Jagger" was added to Maroon 5's album Hands All Over. Aguilera and Bennett have both won GRAMMYs for previous collaborations. Aguilera shared an award with Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink for 2001's "Lady Marmalade." Bennett shared an award with Stevie Wonder for 2006's "For Once In My Life." "Body And Soul," which was first popularized in 1930 by Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra, was featured on Bennett's Duets II, which is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Songs by three groups round out the category: Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" is from the group's album Torches, which is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album; Coldplay's "Paradise" is from Mylo Xyloto, which was released after the end of this eligibility year; and the Black Keys' "Dearest" is from Rave On Buddy Holly, a tribute album featuring artists such as Nick Lowe, Kid Rock and 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Paul McCartney, among others.
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Booker T. Jones, who is nominated for The Road From Memphis, is vying for his second award in this category. He previously won for 2009's Potato Hole. Jones' legendary ensemble, Booker T. & the MG's, received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. The other nominees are Jenny Oaks Baker's Wish Upon A Star, Daniel Ho's E Kahe Malie, Dave Koz's Hello Tomorrow and Brian Setzer's Instru-Mental! Koz will serve as co-host for this year's GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony. Setzer has won three previous GRAMMYs, two in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance for 1998's "Sleepwalk" and 2000's "Caravan." Ho has won six previous GRAMMYs.
Best Pop Vocal Album
Four of the finalists are also vying for Album of the Year. They are Adele's 21, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans and Rihanna's Loud. The other finalist is Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer. Three of these albums include tracks that won GRAMMYs last year. Mars' album features "Just The Way You Are," which won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Green's album features "F*** You," which won Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Rihanna's album features "Only Girl (In The World)," which won Best Dance Recording. Lady Gaga won in this category last year with The Fame Monster. Her previous album, The Fame, won for Best Electronic/Dance Album of 2009.
Who will take home the awards in the General Field categories? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, 2012, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
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