Today, Nov. 24 is a big day in music—the 2021 GRAMMY nominations reveal! Let's take a look at the nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which are J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy; Justin Bieber with Quavo; BTS; Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande; and Taylor Swift with Bon Iver.
A superstar bilingual bop, "UN DIA (ONE DAY)," brings together regular collaborators Balvin, Bunny and producer Tainy—who've collectively put out countless massive hits in their native Spanish—with GRAMMY winner Lipa. The result is a perfect 2020 summer jam, a melancholy love song showcasing the three singers' vocals with an infectious, slowed down reggaetón beat. The single was released on Balvin's Summer Vacation EP, a three-part series collecting his best warm weather tracks over the years.
Bunny received a second nomination for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album his first of two 2020 albums, the 2020 Latin GRAMMY-nominated YHLQMDLG. Lipa received six total nods, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2020 LP, Future Nostalgia, and Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Don't Start Now."
Justin Bieber feat. Quavo- "Intentions"
The third lead single off of Bieber's 2020 album Changes, "Intentions" is a mellow pop/R&B track, like much of the album, celebrating his wife Hailey Baldwin Bieber. Migos' Quavo assists, echoing the sentiment of an equitable, healthy relationship. The touching music video also came with a positive message, featuring families living at Los Angeles' Alexandria House, with the Canadian singer launching the Intentions Fund to support their services.
The "Sorry" singer earned four nods this year, including Best Pop Solo Performance for "Yummy" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Changes.
This is K-pop septet BTS' first GRAMMY nomination! "Dynamite," their first fully English language track, is an upbeat disco-tinged pop jam meant to inspire positivity and joy during these difficult times. It was dropped on Aug. 21 as a single and closes their new eight-track album, Be, released Nov. 20.
"[The inspiration for] it all began from this: even in the midst of hardships, we must focus on what we can do. As for us, we found freedom and happiness in singing and dancing. This song goes to the ones who need encouragement. We hope people feel energized when listening to the song," the chart-topping band told GRAMMY.com in August.
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande- "Rain On Me"
The second lead single from Gaga's 2020 album Chromatica, the lively club anthem "Rain On Me" paired her with fellow GRAMMY-winning pop powerhouse Grande for the first time. Produced by Tchami, Burns and BloodPop, the project's executive producer, it celebrates the cleansing nature of crying.
The "Born This Way" singer explained the lyrics to Vulture: "This is about an analog of tears being the rain. And you know what it's also a metaphor for, is the amount of drinking that I was doing to numb myself. I'd rather be dry. I'd rather not be drinking, but I haven't died yet. I'm still alive. Rain on me."
Gaga earned a second 2021 GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for Chromatica.
Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver- "exile"
On July 24, Swift surprise dropped her eighth studio album, folklore, giving fans only one day's notice and one lead single ("cardigan"). The cozy weather 16-track project paints cinematic stories of lost love with support from The National's Aaron Dessner, who produced and/or co-wrote most of the songs. On "exile," Justin Vernon's (of Bon Iver) deep, echoing vocals add drama and texture, resulting in a heart-wrenching duet
Miss Americana received six 2021 GRAMMY nominations, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for folklore and Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "cardigan."
Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com and our social channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) for more 2021 GRAMMYs content, and tune in to the 63rd GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, March 14, 2021, on CBS to find out who the winners will be!