Okay, that’s the Super Bowl done. Next up: this coming Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast! Adele, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are all on tap to perform, and it’s not surprising — they’re each nominated in various categories this year. Today we kick off our annual round of predictions for who will win Grammy gold in several areas. We’re first training our eyes on the Pop and Dance categories.
Head below to look into the magical, musical Idolator crystal ball with us. Then, by this time next week, you can either high-five or goof on us, depending on how things go down Sunday night.
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You” — Adele
“Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga
“Grenade” — Bruno Mars
“Firework” — Katy Perry
“F***in’ Perfect” — Pink
WILL WIN: Grammy did away with the Best Female and Male Pop Vocal Performance categories of yore this year in lieu of a combination of the two. That said, it seems like ladies still rule as far as the nominees are concerned, and our money is on chart dominatrix Adele for the win.
SHOULD WIN: We say Adele deserves it most. She soared while keeping it simple, plus her sophomore LP 21 has produced some of the most memorable singles of the decade so far. The wrenching “Someone Like You” is certainly no exception.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” — The Black Keys
“Paradise” — Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People
“Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
WILL WIN: We’re guessing that Grammy will go sentimental here and opt for honoring both the late Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett, who landed his first #1 album at age 85 last fall, by picking “Body And Soul”.
SHOULD WIN: Foster The People gave radio one of the weirdest out-of-the-blue summer jams ever in 2011. The trio is a total long shot here, especially since a win for Best Alternative Music Album, which they’re also up for, may seem more appropriate to voters.
Best Dance Recording
“Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
“Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce
“Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii
“Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn
“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex
“Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia
WILL WIN: Skrillex is the man of the hour as far as dance music is concerned. But do the bulk of voters even know who Skrillex is? Maybe if they ask their kids.
SHOULD WIN: Sigh. We are still holding the Robyn flag high. Can you see it this year, at least, Grammy voters? Here — we’ll wave it a little higher for you…
Best Dance/Electronica Album
Nothing But The Beat, David Guetta
Body Talk, Pt. 3, Robyn
Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex
WILL WIN: David Guetta is the most recognizable name, with the largest collection of hits under his belt. That’s pretty much the formula for success here.
SHOULD WIN: We’re tossing a coin for Robyn (heads) and Cut Copy (tails) — two acts who offered up imaginative albums to the dance gods over the past year or so. Okay, it came up Cut Copy. Poor Robyn — at least she’s used to it at this point.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
The Gift, Susan Boyle
In Concert On Broadway, Harry Connick Jr.
Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane
What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand
WILL WIN: Tony Bennett. The guy is pretty much the Grammy king, with 15 awards already lining his mantle at home. What’s giving him another one (or two) going to hurt?
SHOULD WIN: Forget the armada of flashy guests packed onto Bennett’s Duets II. The album itself is just damn good fun, and makes for either perfect dinner party music or a soothing soundtrack to accompany a bubble bath. And, really, what more can you ask for in life? Grazie, Tony.
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