Meet This Year's Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominees | 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show


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

GRAMMYs/Nov 23, 2021 - 10:46 pm

Editor's Note: The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, <a href=" """>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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5 Takeaways From Jimin's Debut EP, 'FACE'
Jimin attends Paris Fashion Week in January 2023.

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5 Takeaways From Jimin's Debut EP, 'FACE'

With no features and a hand in every aspect of the project, Jimin's first solo EP proves that the BTS star is a visionary in his own right.

GRAMMYs/Mar 24, 2023 - 10:03 pm

For the past year, BTS fans have been getting a taste of what each member has to offer musically as the group has been on hiatus. And now, it's Jimin's turn.

Jimin's debut EP, FACE, arrived on March 24. The 6-song EP spans genres sonically, and is lyrically both intense and delicate — much like Jimin himself — detailing his sincere feelings from the pandemic. FACE doesn't just tell Jimin's unique story, but it also has personal touches in every way — he had a hand in everything from songwriting to conceptualizing music videos, showcasing his prowess as a solo star. 

Jimin's lead-up to FACE has been feeding the fans at every turn. After collaborating with one of his idols, Big Bang member Taeyang, on "Vibe" in January, and dropping songs once only available on Soundcloud and Youtube, he officially kicked off the FACE chapter with "Set Me Free pt. 2" a week before the EP's release. With the full project now out, it's clear those songs were only a glimpse of what Jimin is truly capable of as a solo act. 

Below, take a look at 5 takeaways from Jimin's highly anticipated debut FACE.

Jimin Was Partially Inspired By Film

For the main track "Like Crazy," Jimin took inspiration from one of his favorite films of the same name. Released in 2011, the film is a romantic drama about a couple from different places falling madly in love in college. They're separated by distance because of visa issues, but consistently find their way back to each other.

Much like the movie, the lyrics of the song touch on the pain of losing oneself. The music video visualizes this storytelling with hazy expressions and visually stimulating scenes.

He Isn't Afraid To Experiment

While "Like Crazy" is a danceable synth-pop record — similar to that of Jimin's BTS roots — the rest of the EP explores several different sounds. "Face Off" is has a trap-soul feel; "Interlude:Dive" is a trance-like transitional track; "Set Me Free pt. 2" has a strong hip-hop beat; and "Alone" is a ballad laced with R&B.

To close out the project, there's an English version of "Like Crazy" that demonstrates Jimin's versatility while also appealing to his global audience. Overall, the EP allows listeners to feel both familiar and new sounds from the singer, ultimately cementing his ability to entrance an audience no matter the tune.

Dance Adds To The Storytelling

As one of the main dancers of BTS, and a master of contemporary dance, it's only natural that Jimin's solo music would be grounded in movement. The music videos for "Like Crazy" and "Set Me Free pt. 2" are very different, but both relate to dance: the former captures a vibe at a club, while the latter focuses on elaborate dance numbers.

There Are Hidden Gems

Though the EP is technically only six songs, the physical version has an additional "hidden" track called "Letter." The song provides an intimacy that stands out from the other FACE tracks, capturing Jimin in his best form.

The lyrics are poignant and vulnerable, as Jimin pleads for someone to stay ("Baby, don't leave/ Just stay by my side, yeah") The biggest surprise, though? Fellow BTS member Jungkook contributes vocals to harmonize with Jimin. 

Jungkook isn't the only BTS bandmate to play a role in FACE, either: Group leader RM co-wrote two tracks, "Face Off" and "Like Crazy."

"Interlude: Dive" also includes a BTS Easter egg, as Jimin included his intro from the group's last concert before their hiatus in Busan, South Korea. Seeing as Busan is also his hometown, it's clear he wanted to pay homage to his roots in more ways than one.

It's An Honest Reflection Of Jimin's Thoughts

Though he may seem delicate at first glance, Jimin demonstrates his unpredictability and willingness to take risks on FACE. He exposes emotions that may be tough to divulge in relatable ways, while also creating music that simply sounds good.

Challenging himself with intense choreography, rapping and bold conceptual choices, Jimin's first solo project proves he's a visionary in his own right. FACE offers an impressive introduction to Jimin's abilities as a solo performer — and a promising one at that.

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Lady Gaga Stuns 2023 Oscars Audience With Stark, Surprise Performance Of "Hold My Hand" From 'Top Gun: Maverick'
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Lady Gaga Stuns 2023 Oscars Audience With Stark, Surprise Performance Of "Hold My Hand" From 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Tom Cruise may have skipped the show due to filming constraints, but Lady Gaga appeared to perform an astonishing, unadorned "Hold My Hand" from 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 2023 Oscars.

GRAMMYs/Mar 13, 2023 - 02:19 am

Tom Cruise is physically distant from the 2023 Oscars. In fact, he's in the United Kingdom filming Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part II. But Lady Gaga proved more than a worthy ambassador, performing "Hold My Hand" from the blockbuster action sequel.

The emotionally bare performance arrived in the wake of major speculation. Initially, it was just a rumor: she wasinitially reported to be skipping the awards show due to demands on filming "Joker: Folie à Deux." During a creative team press conference on March 8, Oscars executive producer and showrunner Glenn Weiss stated that Gaga would not be performing.

But the 13-time GRAMMY winner came through with an astonishing rendition of "Hold My Hand" — one of six nominations that Top Gun: Maverick received, including Best Picture.

Keep watching this space for more music-related wins at the 2023 Oscars!

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This March, get ready to unlock self-love with Miley Cyrus' candid "Flowers," or hit the dancefloor with the rapturous Beyoncé's "I'm That Girl." Whether you're searching for the charisma of Doja Cat's "Woman" or confidence of Rihanna's "B— Better Have My Money," this playlist stuns with diverse songs honoring women's fearlessness and innovation.

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Everything We Know About Jimin's Debut EP 'Face'
Jimin from BTS during Paris Fashion Week 2023

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Everything We Know About Jimin's Debut EP 'Face'

While other BTS members already have established solo careers, 'Face' is Jimin’s first full solo effort — one that ARMY eagerly awaited. His debut EP drops March 24.

GRAMMYs/Feb 23, 2023 - 05:06 pm

As members of BTS gradually enlist in South Korea’s mandatory military service, this new chapter sees the septet focused on individual activities tailored to their best talents. 

After J-Hope’s studio album Jack in the Box, Jung Kook’s collaboration with Charlie Puth on "Left and Right" and the 2022 FIFA World Cup song "Dreamers," Jin’s single "Astronaut," and RM’s debut album Indigo, the next in line to release new music is Jimin. The skilled dancer, new global ambassador for Dior, and owner of an instantly recognizable falsetto just announced his first solo EP, Face, to be out on March 24.

Jimin was the sole singer on three BTS songs: 2016’s "Lie," 2017’s "Serendipity" and 2020’s "Filter." In 2018, he co-wrote and released "Promise" — his first credited solo work — followed by "Christmas Love" in 2020. In 2022, Jimin collaborated with singer Ha Sung-woon on "With You," a soundtrack to TvN’s drama Our Blues, and in January of this year, he featured on and co-composed the single "Vibe" for Big Bang member Taeyang, which reached No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

While other BTS members already have established solo careers, Face is Jimin’s first full solo effort — one that ARMY eagerly awaited. It’s finally time to discover what colors Jimin will bring forward and what surprises he will deliver on this brand-new path. While you wait, take a look at everything we know about Face so far:

Jimin Co-Wrote Five Of Its Six Tracks

The singer has been steadily developing as both a lyricist and composer, so expectations were high for more credits under his name. Luckily, Face will give us five songs where he participated in the creative process, including the title track "Like Crazy" and its English version.

Bandmate RM also collaborated on the title track and on the opener "Face-off." The album also enlisted a slew of frequent BTS producers such as Pdogg, EVAN and GHSTLOOP.

Jimin Will Face Himself

BigHit Music announced on global fandom life platform Weverse that "Face is all about Jimin facing himself head-on as he gets ready for his next step as a solo artist." Through a press release, they also promised that Jimin "will present his own musicality with distinct timbre and impeccable dance performance."

The Pre-Release Track "Set Me Free Pt.2" Alludes To Agust D’s "Set Me Free"

Not only will fans be blessed with an official title track, but Jimin will also drop the pre-release single "Set Me Free Pt.2" on March 17. The "Pt.2" in the title has fans speculating that it will be a continuation of the 2020 track "Set Me Free" by bandmate Suga (released under his Agust D alias).

The Concept And Cover Relate To The Resonance Phenomenon

The physical album will come in two versions: Invisible Face and Undefinable Face (plus a special Weverse Albums edition). The cover image preview suggests a shiny, reflective material like a mirror, so that your own face is reflected on the cover. The title, written in bold sans serif, is covered by water ripples. On the bottom of the cover, the sentences "circle of resonance," "reflection of vulnerable minds and unexposed wounds" and "an echo, tremor, and small movement to reach out" invite the listener to dive deeper into the concept.

Resonance is ubiquitous in nature, and occurs when an object's own tone or frequency is intensified by a supplementary vibration. When using the resonance phenomenon to express himself, Jimin hints at how everything that he has gone through led him to today, and how each of his actions ripples towards infinity.

"Promise" And "Christmas Love" Will Be Available On Streaming Platforms

Although they are not an official part of Face, fans will finally be able to listen to Jimin’s first official solo songs, "Promise" and "Christmas Love," on all streaming platforms. 

The release will happen on March 6 — a little treat to make the month-long wait for Face less painful.

Face Is Available For Pre-Order

While there is still some time until the release of Face, you can pre-order the album on Weverse Shop now.

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