2010 Grammy Nomination Predictions

    Update: Read our 2011 Grammy predictions.


    Nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be announced Dec. 2. After two straight years of handing the Album Of The Year award to questionably hip acts like Herbie Hancock and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, it will be interesting to see if the voters revert back to acknowledging more relevant acts. With the music industry churning out fewer big sellers, the fields for Album Of The Year and Best New Artist are as weak as ever, but it’s business as usual for the other two general categories — Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Even still, we think it’s worth a little prognosticating. Herewith, our predictions for this year’s Grammy awards.

    Album Of The Year

    Without a doubt, Taylor Swift’s Fearless is a lock for Album Of The Year. She has the commercial success and critical accolades that are usually commonplace in this category. Very few artists this year have the kind of favorable consensus behind them like Taylor Swift does, and it doesn’t hurt that country music has been well represented in this category the last three years (Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and The Dixie Chicks). Swift’s only other competition in the country genre would come from either Sugarland’s Love On The Inside or George Strait’s Twang, and that would be only because some don’t take her seriously enough and wouldn’t want to reward someone so young. A snub is unlikely, because she will also get crossover votes and the album has already been certified platinum four times.

    Another artist with a monster year comparable to Taylor Swift’s is Lady Gaga. It’s very rare for dance artists to get nominations in the general categories, but Lady Gaga was inescapable for most of 2009, and in such a weak field, her ubiquity will be hard to overlook, despite the singles getting more attention than the album itself. The Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. is the only threat to take over the pop genre slot from Lady Gaga, but the album has received a mixed responsed critically at best, in spite of having two of the year’s biggest hits. Due to the year round attention she’s gotten in the press and boasting four big singles from one album, Lady Gaga’s The Fame is likely to get an AOTY nod.

    After that, things get a little tricky. There is usually one or two representatives from hip-hop and R&B each year, and this year boasts some very stiff competition. If The-Dream’s Love Vs. Money had at least one more huge crossover single besides “Rockin’ That Thang,” it would be a serious contender; it’s gotten some of the best reviews for any R&B album this year. The-Dream is also one of the most commerically successful songwriters in modern pop music right now, so the name recognition is there among voters, but the album doesn’t have the sales to make an impact here. Keri Hilson could see a Best New Artist nod and maybe a few other nominations in the general categories, but much like The-Dream, who has gotten recognition for writing hit songs for other artists, the sales for In A Perfect World… just don’t measure up.

    Eminem’s Relapse sold well, but it’s not as good as his old stuff, and he no longer has a hold on the pop culture conscience like he used to. Beyonce’s I Am…Sasha Fierce is another strong contender due to its robust sales and attention-grabbing concept, but she’s never been known as an album artist. I Am…Sasha Fierce is unlikely to change the majority of voters’ minds, who have yet to giver her a nod in this category despite having released two popular albums.

    When talking about Album Of The Year, Kanye West’s name has to be brought up. All three of his albums have been nominated for AOTY before, but 808s & Heartbreak brings up a question mark. It wasn’t quite the commercial force that his previous three were. In addition to that, the album is the most divisive of his career, despite being generally acclaimed overall.

    The Grammys love a comeback story, and there are fewer bigger ones than Whitney Houston’s return to music. I Look To You has very a high awareness factor, but so much discussion has been on the comeback story and not the album itself, which for the most part has received average reviews. But then again, it is Whitney Houston, an iconic, multiple Grammy winner. Just the fact that she was able to put together an album that wasn’t horrible may be all that’s needed to convince the voters.

    The comeback story that everyone should be looking out for is Maxwell. After an eight-year hiatus, he returned with BLACKsummers’night, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and is one of the most well-reviewed albums of the year. He’s also been nominated multiple times, but he’s never won and his albums have earned him nothing but respect ever since his debut.

    What we’re left with is three very strong contenders vying for the hip-hop/R&B slot: Kanye, Whitney and Maxwell. Some may note that both Lil’ Wayne and Ne-Yo received AOTY nominations last year, thus debunking the idea that each genre gets a sole represenative. Something very similiar might happen, as well, with either one or two of the three artists mentioned getting a nod.

    Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak seems very likely if voters are willing to reward him for experimenting with his sound. For better or worse, Kanye has been in the spotlight all year round and cannot be too far from voters’ minds, and the idea of a Kanye/Taylor Swift showdown may be too appealing for some to pass up. Ne-Yo’s nod for Year of the Gentleman last year over the heavily favored Alicia Keys shows that the R&B voting contigent is not too hung up on who sold the most, but willing to reward what they feel is the better work. This should bode well for BLACKsummers’night, which should play spoiler for Whitney Houston’s comeback party.

    With a lack of breakout albums that have both outstanding commercial success and near universal critical acclaim, the field for Album of the Year is once again weak this year. The music industry just hasn’t been churning out the number of success stories like it used to during the 1990s, which leaves the opportunity for a few surprises, much in the same way that Vince Gill and Herbie Hancock crashed the party a few years ago. These types of surprises are so hard to call that it’s difficult to take a chance on them when predicting the nominees. This would be the perfect year for something like the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack to make a splash. While the momentum for it has passed, it’s still a culturally relevant reference and it doesn’t hurt that it includes M.I.A., who was nominated for Record Of The Year at the previous ceremony. Seal is a previous AOTY nominee, and Soul, a slicky produced covers album, is the type of palatable music that the Grammys find favorable. Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey & The Groogrux King is an obvious sentimental favorite due to the loss of a band member and could see more AOTY votes than they ever have in their career. Even something like Diana Krall’s Quiet Nights could quietly sneak in, just like she did in 1999.

    Older veterans are just as likely to land nods in this category as well, and it’s almost considered a given that one will find their way in each year. While the list of veterans who released albums this year features some big names, they have not gotten as much press as their previous work. Bob Dylan’s Together Through Life made headlines for reaching No. 1, but the response has been nowhere near the level of enthusisasm for Time Out Of Mind and Love and Theft, both of which got nods in AOTY. AC/DC’s Black Ice has the gaudiest sales numbers and it would make an interesting story for the academy to finally reward such a legendary act, but the album itself has seemed to have lost momentum, and if we’re going to be perfectly honest, it’s not much different than their previous work. Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream is also worth mentioning, but once again there has been a lack of attention surrounding the album and it will most likely be relegated to the rock categories.

    Regardless if there is a lack of strong contenders, the rock community has shown up for their own, landing nods this decade for mainstream acts like Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Evanesence and of course, U2. The two strongest options to represent rock are U2’s No Line On The Horizon and Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown. In other years, bands like Wilco and Phoenix would have been legitimately considered for their efforts, but they were unlucky enough to release albums the same year as two of the Grammys’ favorite bands. Between U2 and Green Day this decade, they have a total of 10 nominations in the general categories, so the rock voting contingent will see to it that one of the two makes it. Things get murky since neither of their albums measure up to the success of their previously nominated work, both commercially and critically, and they’re not what you call AOTY contenders, with the fact that they’re popular rock acts being their only saving grace. In comparison, U2 has sold the most units, while Green Day’s critical response has been slightly more enthusiastic. Neither album has maintained the sort of visiblity that is typical of getting into this category, but I’m giving the nod by the slimmest of margins to Green Day, if only because the singles have performed better on the charts and are more recognizeable than U2’s output this year.


    Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown

    Lady Gaga: The Fame

    Maxwell: BLACKsummers’night

    Taylor Swift: Fearless

    Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak


    Record Of The Year

    As with Album Of The Year, both Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift have had amazing years and the love fest will continue here, where “Poker Face” and “You Belong With Me” will get nods, respectively. They’re both hugely popular songs that defined the year and that’s usually what this category is about.

    The same can be said for Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” Trying to escape this song during the summer was as hopeless as the planet making it out in one piece in a Roland Emmerich film. It spent 14 straight weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, and the only reasons why it’ll probably get chosen over “Boom Boom Pow,” which preceded it on the charts by spending just a mere 12 straight weeks at the top, is because “I Gotta Feeling” features a clearly defined pop sound and has the more ubiquitous chorus of the two.

    There’s usually one rock song that makes it here, and one of the genre’s biggest hits during the eligibility period was Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” They’re another group who had a big breakthrough and reached new heights of popularity. They also won Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals last year over Coldplay, Radiohead and The Eagles, which shows awareness with the voters. Due to the success of “Use Somebody,” a nomination in the general category will be justified. The only other rock songs that could possibly pose a threat are Green Day’s “21 Guns” and The Fray’s “You Found Me.” While both songs were bonafide hits, the gap in popularity between those tracks and “Use Somebody” is too large to ignore.

    Record Of The Year is a typically crowded field, and this year is no different. After the surprise nomination of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” pretty much anything is possible. The song was more daring fare than what the academy usually rewards and its nomination shows that its willing to acknowledge creative work as long as it’s a crossover smash. The one song that could be this year’s “Paper Planes” is Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N’ Nite,” which amazingly reached No. 4. The main difference between the songs is that “Paper Planes” was much more ingrained in the pop culture landscape. Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” also has a lot of momentum going for it since he continues to ride an insane amount of buzz, but some of its raunchier moments could probably keep it out of this usually squeaky clean category.

    Kanye West’s “Heartless” will also get some consideration, but since he failed to get a nomination for “Stronger,” it’s hard to see how something with lesser popularity is going to make it. If either one of them are riding a high wave of Grammy love, Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings” and Whitney Houston’s “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” could benefit with ROTY nominations, but Song Of The Year nods seem more likely since this category tends to reward huge hits. Jamie Foxx’s collaboration with T-Pain, “Blame It,” will no doubt benefit from the roll call of A-listers in the video, which only increased the song’s awareness, but there are stronger contenders from R&B and hip-hop this year.

    Beyonce’s “Halo,” which was a big hit in its own right, could benefit from the choice not to submit “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” in this category. Voters looking to reward her for a big year could select “Halo” as a default choice as a way of recognition. There aren’t many reasons why “Halo” shouldn’t be nominated here, but the collaborative star power of two other songs, Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down” and Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” could carry more appeal. Both songs could easily be ROTY nominees, but it’s unlikely that Kanye West will make two appearances in the same category, so only one will probably make it. On one side, you have Keri Hilson and previous Grammy winners, Ne-Yo and Kanye West. On the other, there’s Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West, all Grammy winners as well and household names. “Knock You Down” may seem like the more favorable choice because of it’s stronger hook and it’s the type of song that usually gets nominated here, but Jay-Z has gotten more attention in the mainstream than probably any other moment in his career and for a lot of non-hip hop fans, he is the most recognizable face in the genre. Since The Blueprint 3 was released after the eligiblity period and will have to wait till next year to be considered for Album Of The Year, voters could use “Run This Town” as a way to pay respect for the year that he’s had, and its chances are helped even more with the guest stars.


    Black Eyed Peas: “I Gotta Feeling”

    Jay-Z featuring Kanye West & Rihanna: “Run This Town”

    Kings of Leon: “Use Somebody”

    Lady Gaga: “Poker Face”

    Taylor Swift: “You Belong With Me”

    Best New Artist

    Best New Artist has always been a crowded category because there is never a lack of debuts and artists who breakthrough despite having previous albums in their catalogue (think Feist and Fountains of Wayne). What makes this year especially crowded is the lack of big hits provided by those eligible. Lady Gaga would have been a sure thing, but since she was nominated for Best Dance Recording last year, she does not qualify as a new artist according to the rules. The only two new artists who had unquestionable success were Keri Hilson and Zac Brown Band. Hilson garnered a pair of top 20 singles along with a gold album, while Zac Brown Band has spent most of the year in the upper reaches of the Top 200 and will represent the Nashville vote. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s game.

    With the lack of outright hits, the only clue is to look to past nominees to try and gauge which way the academy will go. Nominations for Paramore and Fall Out Boy show that the Grammys aren’t afraid to acknowledge pop punk and the like, but only if they’re at the head of the pack for rock in that year, which takes 3OH!3, Jack’s Mannequin and Cobra Starship out of the running. Only one mainstream R&B act makes it here, so you can also say goodbye to Jeremih and Ryan Leslie. The indie rock world usually yields some of the more higher quality contenders, but only if they have the sales or if a song gained mainstream attention through a popular ad or media placement (refer to Feist’s iPod commerical and Imogen Heap on The. O.C.). That removes Matt & Kim, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver and The Airborne Toxic Event. All that’s left are MGMT, Silversun Pickups and The Tings Tings as the main indie threats.

    MGMT’s “Time To Pretend” has been heard practically everywhere and the Justice remix for “Electric Feel” won for Best Remixed Recording, which should also be of note. Silversun Pickups has the sales, but they don’t have many songs that people know of outside of the rock community. The Ting Tings have a top 40 single in “That’s Not My Name” and several placements in television, not to mention an iTunes commercial for “Shut Up And Let Me Go” last year. The reason why The Ting Tings seem like a more appropriate fit is because of the accessibility of the music (MGMT might be too trippy for mass support) and the members are more easily identifiable than those of Silversun Pickups with the general population.

    Wale might see his name called on Dec. 2, because he is one of the most popular names eligible, despite not having any hit songs. He has gotten a ton of press on a consistent basis and that just might be enough considering the competition.

    Other possibilities include Kristinia Debarge, who could get in solely on her last name and Owl City, based on the fact that he has a current top ten single. Asher Roth’s “I Love College” was able to get him some attention, but there hasn’t been a ton of overwhelming support for his album. While the Best New Artist field is incredibly weak this year, you can always bet on there being at least one female artist who either writes her own material or has an incredibly strong voice, or both. Under that criteria, you’re left with Diane Birch, Melanie Fiona, Laura Izibor, Jessie James, Ingrid Michaelson and Kate Voegele. These names probably sound unfamiliar, but that just proves the point even further what a down year this has been. Birch has a Starbucks quality that the Grammys tend to like, while Michaelson has had decent sales, along with her songs showing up in several television shows, but I’m going to take a chance on Laura Izibor, if only because there has been a good amount of promotion behind her album—more so than Fiona, James and Voegele—and it’s easily digestable.



    Keri Hilson

    Laura Izibor

    The Ting Tings


    Zac Brown Band

    Song Of The Year

    Since it was submitted for Record Of The Year, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” seems like an obvious choice here simply because of its popularity and with Estelle’s nomination for “American Boy” last year, the door has been opened for uptempo songs in what is usually a ballad or acoustic driven category.

    Whitney Houston’s “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” is the kind of uplifting song that is the norm here and given the context of the lyrics, it will probably strike a chord with voters. This is the year of Taylor Swift, so a nod for “You Belong With Me” is also likely.

    A few other strong contenders include modern rock hits “You Found Me” by The Fray, Green Day’s “21 Guns” and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” In this category, I would give the edge to “You Found Me” to represent rock based on that it’s probably the more introspective and sentimental of the three, which Song Of The Year tends to favor.

    There are still a good deal of contenders, but unlike Record Of The Year, more attention has to be paid to the song quality since this category has its own distinct vibe. For one reason or another, U2 seem to always find themselved nominated here, but since it hasn’t gotten as much airplay as their previous nominations in this category, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” will probably be relegated to the rock fields. Adele’s “Hometown Glory” is also another possible option after her wins last year and could benefit from previous momentum much the same way Corinne Bailey Rae did, who after getting nods in the general categories one year, was able to land one solo nod in SOTY for a song less popular than her big hit. Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down” is another strong contender, but it seems unlikely that two uptempo songs will be nominated here. A nomination for Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” would be a good way to boost ratings if she were to perform on the show, but it’s also the kind of song voters eat up and could easily get a nod. Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings” will get a good deal of support, but the song isn’t as popular as some of its competition, so it will be a battle to make it here, but I do like its chances overall.

    The reason why I like Kanye West’s “Heartless” to get a nod is because it not only features a melodic hook and that whole introspective and sentimental thing that voters eat up, but it’s also been covered by artists like The Fray and Kris Allen, showing the song’s potential beyond hip hop and as a bonafide pop tune. There’s also the possibility of another Kanye/Taylor Swift showdown, which will only give the show more press.


    Beyonce: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

    The Fray: “You Found Me”

    Whitney Houston: “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”

    Taylor Swift: “You Belong With Me”

    Kanye West: “Heartless”



    Other Categories

    Beyond the general categories, there are several other highly competitive races that will be getting a lot of attention. Here are some more predictions:

    Best Alternative Music/Album

    Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

    Bjork: Volataic

    Franz Ferdinand: Tonight

    Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz

    This category tends to favor past nominees, with Phoenix and Animal Collective being the sole newcomers. Bjork always gets nominated, no matter what.

    Other possibilities: The Decemberists, Hazards Of Love; The Dead Weather, Horehound; Death Cab For Cutie, The Open Door; Matt & Kim, Grand.

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

    Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda & Mack Maine: “Every Girl”

    Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain: “Blame It”

    Keri Hilson featuring Ne-Yo & Kanye West: “Knock You Down”

    Jay-Z featuring Kanye West & Rihanna: “Run This Town”

    T.I. & Justin Timberlake: “Dead and Gone”

    The biggest hits usually get the nods here, and some of these songs were the biggest hits of the year in any genre.


    Other possibilities: Beyonce featuring Kanye West, “Ego”; Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”; Drake & Trey Songz, “Successful.”

    Best Rap Group Performance

    Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss & Lil’ Wayne: “Respect My Conglomerate:

    Eminem, 50 Cent & Dr. Dre: “Crack A Bottle”

    Kid Cudi, Kanye West & Common: “Make Her Say”

    Kanye West & Young Jeezy: “Amazing”

    Ron Browz, Jim Jones & Juelz Santana: “Pop Champagne”

    Once again, no true rap groups are nominated as collaborations have provided the bigger hits. There’s also only so much Kanye this category can take, as he could easily feel up all five slots.

    Other possibilities: Birdman & Lil’ Wayne, “Always Strapped”; Clipse & Kanye West, “Kinda Like A Big Deal”; UGK, “Da Game Been Good To Me.”

    Best Rap Song

    Drake: “Best I Ever Had”

    Eminem: “Beautiful”

    Flo Rida: “Right Round”

    Jay-Z featuring Kanye West & Rihanna: “Run This Town”

    Kid Cudi: “Day ‘N’ Nite”

    Eminem always gets nominated in the rap categories. Flo Rida was also nominated in this very category for “Low,” so no reason why “Right Round” won’t get a nod as well.

    Other possibilities: Kanye West featuring Young Jeezy, “Amazing”; Mos Def, “Casa Bey”; T.I. & Justin Timberlake, “Dead And Gone”; Asher Roth, “I Love College.”

    Best Rap Album

    Eminem: Relapse

    Ludacris: Theater of the Mind

    Mos Def: The Ecstatic

    Q-Tip: The Renaissance

    Rick Ross: Deeper Than Rap

    Q-Tip, Eminem and Ludacris are names that are familiar with voters, and they released albums that were talked about. Rick Ross is the true wild card.

    Other possibilities: Common, Universal Mind Control; Fabolous, Loso’s Way; UGK, UGK 4 Life.

    Best Rap Solo Performance

    Drake: “Best I Ever Had”

    Jay-Z: “D.O.A.”

    Kanye West: “Heartless”

    Kid Cudi: “Day N Nite”

    Asher Roth: “I Love College”

    Drake and Kid Cudi had the undeniable hits, while Jay-Z and Kanye have the name recognition. Asher Roth gets in because of how much of a crossover hit the song was.

    Other possibilities: Common, “Universal Mind Control”; Eminem, “Beautiful”; Mos Def, “Casa Bey”; Q-Tip, “Move.”

    Best Dance Recording

    Black Eyed Peas: “Boom Boom Pow”

    David Guetta & Kelly Rowland: “When Love Takes Over”

    Lady Gaga: “Poker Face”

    Britney Spears: “Womanizer”

    Pitbull: “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”

    This category usually has a few smaller acts, but the year was crowded with big hits.

    Other possibilities: Cascada, “Evacuate the Dance Floor”; Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal & Chrome, “Dance Wiv Me”; Madonna, “Celebration”; MSTRKRFT, “Bounce.”

    Best Electronic/Dance Album

    Lady Gaga: The Fame

    David Guetta: One Love

    MSTRKRFT: Fist of God

    Pet Shop Boys: Yes

    Royksopp: Junior

    Royksopp is the wildcard here, but they’re veterans and could benefit from being a familiar name.

    Other possibilities: Buraka Sound System, Black Diamond; Ladyhawke, Ladyhawke; LMFAO, Party Rock; Peaches, I Feel Cream.

    Best R&B Female Vocal Performance

    Beyonce: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

    Mary J. Blige: “Stronger”

    Whitney Houston: “Million Dollar Bill”

    Chrisette Michele: “Epiphany”

    Jazmine Sullivan: “Lions, Tigers & Bears”

    Michele is a previous winner in Best Urban/Alternative Performance and Sullivan came out of nowhere to shock everyone with a Best New Artist nomination last year. Not 100% sure which Houston song will get the nod, but she is a lock for this category.

    Other possibilities: Mariah Carey, “Obsessed”; Keyshia Cole, “You Complete Me”; Whitney Houston, “I Look To You”; Laura Izibor, “From My Heart To Yours.”


    Best Urban/Alternative Performance

    Beyonce: “Scared Of Lonely”

    Foreign Exchange: “Daykeeper”

    India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore: “Pearls”

    Solange: “This Bird”

    Sa-Ra Creative Partners f. Erykah Badu: “Dirty Beauty”

    This category usually holds a few surprises because it’s one of the more adventurous, but were are too many big names to ignore here.

    Other possibilities: Anjulie, “Boom”; Vikter Duplaix, “Electric Love”; P.O.S., “Optimist (We Are Not For Them).”



    Best R&B Song

    Chrisette Michele: “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)”

    Jamie Foxx & T-Pain: “Blame It”

    Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo: “Knock You Down”

    Maxwell: “Pretty Wings”

    Beyonce: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

    One of the toughest categories to predict because of the volume of hits submitted. Beyonce will probably be the winner regardless of who gets nominated.

    Other possibilities: Laura Izibor, “From My Heart To Yours”; Jazmine Sullivan, “Lions, Tigers & Bears”; Mariah Carey, “Obsessed”; The-Dream, “Rockin’ That Thang.”

    Best Contemporary R&B Album

    Beyonce: I Am…Sasha Fierce

    Keyshia Cole: A Different Me

    The-Dream: Love Vs. Money

    Jamie Foxx: Intuition

    Keri Hilson: In A Perfect World…

    The predictions read like a list of who was the most popular in R&B over the year. There probably won’t be any surprises on the scale of Karina being nominated like there was last year.

    Other possibilities: Ciara: Fantasy Ride; Electrik Red, How To Be A Lady Vol. 1; Ryan Leslie, Ryan Leslie.

    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

    Beyonce: “Halo”

    Sheryl Crow: “Detours”

    Whitney Houston: “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”

    Shakira: “She Wolf”

    Taylor Swift: “You Belong With Me”

    Sheryl Crow seems to always find her way into this category. The inclusion of Houston in the pop field complicates things, but voters will still likely want to see her do well.

    Other possibilities: Adele, “Hometown Glory”; Kelly Clarkson, “Already Gone”; Miley Cyrus, “The Climb”; Katy Perry, “Hot N Cold”; Pink, “Sober”; Britney Spears, “Circus.”

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