The 53rd Grammy Awards are upon us, and they bring with them dozens of artists competing in 109 different categories. The performers on the show — which airs live on Sunday, February 13 — include Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Muse, B.o.B, Usher, Bruno Mars, Jaden Smith and Janelle Monae. It promises to be one of the biggest nights in the history of music, and MTV News will be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of the big event.
But the awards are the big draw, and just as the MTV Newsroom Blog does with the MTV Video Music Awards, here are a series of guides to some of the biggest categories on the docket. This time around: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Many of the Grammy categories are a study in contrasts. Though all of the nominees for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance exist under the same umbrella (hence their ability to be nominated together), no two of the songs are alike. There’s Beyoncé‘s warm live version of “Halo,” Katy Perry‘s effervescent “Teenage Dream,” the futuristic disco of Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance,” Sara Bareilles‘ groovy “King of Anything” and Norah Jones‘ sparse “Chasing Pirates.” It’s a pretty amazing mix of songs from some of the biggest women in music.
But who should win? This is by far one of the toughest categories to call in the entire field. Any one of these women could win and it would make perfect sense (though Bareilles probably has the longest odds and the studio version of Beyoncé’s “Halo” won the same award last year). While it seems like Perry or Gaga should take it home, the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences loves Norah Jones. Perry has been nominated for this exact prize twice before, so it seems like the third time is the charm for her and for “Teenage Dream.”
Notable Winners: Roberta Flack, “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (1974); Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (1985); Tracy Chapman, “Fast Car” (1989); Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On” (1999); Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone” (2006); Amy Winehouse, “Rehab” (2008)
Notable Robberies: In 2009, Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” should have topped winner Adele’s “Chasing Pavements,” and Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick of Time” had no business beating out Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” in 1990.