Meet This Year's Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominees | 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco, BTS, Coldplay, and Doja Cat feat. SZA are the nominees for the powerhouse Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category
Editor's Note: The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, has been rescheduled* to Sunday, April 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The below article was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 18, to reflect the new show date and location.*
The 2022 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted golden gramophone for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
In 2022, this star-studded category features two group performances (BTS's "Butter" and Coldplay's "Higher Power") and three duo performances (Tony Bennett's & Lady Gaga's "I Get a Kick Out of You," Justin Bieber's and Benny Blanco's "Lonely" and Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More," feat. SZA).
While we'll have to wait for the 64th GRAMMY Awards to air on CBS on Sunday, April 3, to find out who will be the winner, let's take a quick look at the pop duos and groups nominated in one of the most-anticipated categories at music's biggest night.
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga — "I Get a Kick Out of You"
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga make a winning pair. One of America's most beloved and enduring singers, Bennett has recorded over 60 artist albums and was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
After winning his first of 19 GRAMMYs in 1963 for "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Bennett has stayed active into the 21st century partly through his collaborations with contemporary pop icon Lady Gaga.
Bennett and Gaga first came together on 2014's GRAMMY-winning album, Cheek to Cheek, which showcased their vocal chemistry revisiting jazz and pop standards.
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" appears on the duo's second collaborative album, Love for Sale, as one of ten renditions of songs written by the great American composer and songwriter Cole Porter.
Love for Sale has been billed as Bennett's final album, and the warm, affectionate atmosphere of "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is a fitting capstone on a titanic career.
"Lonely" — Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco
While Justin Bieber has never shied away from authentic emotion, the singer revealed a new layer of vulnerability on this year's "Lonely."
With Bieber's passionate vocals accompanied by gentle piano, the song deals plainly with the pitfalls of early fame and the loneliness that comes at the top. That tension is captured in the simple lyric, "What if you had it all/ and nobody to call?"
While Bieber and producer Benny Blanco are repeat collaborators, "Lonely" is their first release together with Blanco credited as a lead artist.
Blanco worked with fellow hitmaker FINNEAS on the outline of the song, before bringing it to Bieber for his input.
"I went into the studio and sang through it which wasn't easy, but started to really see the importance of telling this story," Bieber wrote to his fans upon the song's release.
"Lonely" was released as a single ahead of Bieber's sixth studio album, Justice, accompanied by a music video featuring actor Jacob Tremblay as young Bieber.
When the artist returns to stages in 2022 on the Justice World Tour, "Lonely" is sure to be an emotional highpoint of the show.
"Butter" — BTS
Released more than a year into our new pandemic-adjusted lives, BTS's 'Butter' came as a very welcome burst of pleasure.
"Butter" is the world-conquering South Korean group's second English-language single following 2020's "Dynamite," whose music video now boasts over 1.2 billion views on YouTube.
A dance-pop exemplar that gives equal shine to all seven members, "Butter" topped the Billboard 200 Global chart and added even more converts to the already enormous BTS ARMY. (Even the group's additional choreography video has 150 million views on top of the music video's 620 million).
The song got an additional boost thanks to a remix featuring Megan Thee Stallion, which then led into BTS's next English-language single, "Permission to Dance."
At present, BTS is in Los Angeles for a whirlwind of appearances, including the multi-night Permission To Dance On Stage at SoFi Stadium — the group's first in-person concerts since 2019. The BTS comet is still burning bright.
"Higher Power" — Coldplay
More than two decades into an illustrious career, and with seven GRAMMY wins to its name, Coldplay is always looking for something new.
For their ninth album, 2021's Music of the Spheres, the band welcomed in pop superproducer Max Martinalongside bold guest appearances from BTS on "My Universe" and Selena Gomez on "Let Somebody Go," while also reuniting with the electronic composer Jon Hopkins. Now that's variety.
Lead single "Higher Power" brings together Coldplay's arena-ready sound with Martin's synth-pop flourishes. The music video, in which Chris Martin dances among the alien inhabitants of the trash planet Kaotica, is every bit as vivid as the song itself.
After performing "Higher Power" during its week-long music residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden in October, Coldplay has announced a world tour for 2022 — which is sure to feature the song front and center.
"Kiss Me More" — Doja Cat feat. SZA
Following the success of Doja Cat's 2019 album, Hot Pink, and her "Boss Bitch" on 2020's Birds of Preysoundtrack, fans were eager to hear what was next from the viral star.
True to form, the singer made a major splash in April with "Kiss Me More," featuring fellow pop innovator SZA. The slinky collaboration finds equilibrium between each artist's R&B, hip-hop and pop sensibilities, and inspired a candy-colored music video starring Grey's Anatomy actor Alex Landi.
Out of lockdown, the duo gave "Kiss Me More" a show-stopping performance at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, accompanied by on-point costumes and choreography.
"Kiss Me More" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rhythmic Airplay chart, setting the stage for Doja Cat's third album, Planet Her, to reach No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It's always wise to bet on Doja Cat.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."
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Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions
Bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience to meet Justin Bieber
GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched a new auction offering bidders the opportunity to bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience with Justin Bieber. Open now through Oct. 25, the auction package features two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Bieber concert.
To place your bid on this exclusive experience, visit www.charitybuzz.com. All proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.
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Rolling Loud Festival Los Angeles Reveals 2019 Lineup
Find out who's bringing the heat to the hip-hop fest returning to L.A. this December
Today, Rolling Loud revealed the massive lineup for their final music festival of 2019, Rolling Loud Los Angeles, which is set to take over the Banc of California Stadium and adjacent Exposition Park on Dec. 14–15.
This iteration of "the Woodstock of Hip-Hop," as the all-knowing Diddy has called it, will feature Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD, Young Thug and Lil Baby as Saturday's heavy-hitting headliners. Sunday's headliners are none other than Future, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, YG and Playboi Carti.
L.A.'s own Blueface, Tyga and Doja Cat, are slated to perform, as well as representatives from the diverse rap scenes across the country, including Wale, Juicy J, Lil Yachty, Megan Thee Stallion, Gunna, Tyla Yaweh, Machine Gun Kelly and Yung Gravy.
The lineup announcement follows the successful wrap of Rolling Loud Bay Area in Oakland this past weekend. The event's flagship Miami event took place in May this year, and the New York and Hong Kong debut editions will both take place later this month.
Some of y’all not ready for these moshpits https://t.co/3nlaudjapq— Randy (@randyt0321) October 1, 2019
"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales
"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales
The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards drove a 3.3 percent increase in album sales compared to last week, according to a Billboard report. The 2010 GRAMMY Nominees album jumped to No. 5 with sales of 71,000 units, a 55 percent increase. Top GRAMMY winner Beyoncé's I Am…Sasha Fierce rose to No. 14 with sales of 32,000 copies, a 101 percent increase. Other GRAMMY performers experiencing sales increases include Pink (up 234 percent), Dave Matthews Band (up 114 percent), the Zac Brown Band (up 82 percent), the Black Eyed Peas (up 76 percent), Taylor Swift (up 58 percent), and Lady Gaga (up 17 percent). Lady Antebellum, who also performed on the telecast, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. (2/10)
Grainge Promoted To UMG CEO
Universal Music Group International Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been promoted to CEO of Universal Music Group, effective Jan. 1, 2011. He will succeed Doug Morris and report to Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman of the management board of Vivendi. Grainge will relocate from London to New York to serve as co-CEO of UMG in tandem with Morris for six months starting July 1. Morris, who has served as UMG chairman and CEO since 1995, will remain as company chairman. (2/10)