Unfamiliar with the artists nominated for the Grammy’s Best Pop Duo category? Here’s a brief on all the artists, old and new.
The GRAMMYS! A ceremony of significant importance for musicians and all who love pop culture. Held annually, the Grammys honors musicians/singers (and non-musicians) for outstanding achievement in the music industry. Members of the Recording Academy vote to decide who is the best in a particular song/music category. Winners receive a golden gramophone and associated prestige. The Grammys are so prestigious that even if an artist does not win, they are always introduced as “Grammy Nominated,” because the mere recognition holds significant weight.
The Best Pop Duo/Group Performance is one of the newer categories which started in 2012. It combines the former categories Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Past winners include “Kiss Me More,” by Doja Cat ft. Sza (2022); “Rain on Me,” by Lady Gaga ft Ariana Grande; and “Old Town Road,” by Lil Nas X ft Billy Ray Cyrus.
“Shut Me Down,” ABBA
ABBA is a pop Swedish group that’s been around since the ’70s. Performing under an acronym of their names, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, recently released their first album following a split in 1983. Shut Me Down features smooth lyrics, and nostalgic sounds, which makes you think that the group split for a brief moment rather than 40 years.
“Bam Bam,” Camilla Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran
Former Fifth Harmony groupmate turned solo artist, Bam Bam is a release from Cabello’s third studio album, “Familia.” With a call to her Latin roots, Bam Bam is a salsa feel-good song. The lyrics, “Así es la vida, sí/ Yeah, that’s just life, baby,” feels like a modern twist on “Que sera, sera/What will be, will be.” It’s a song that highlights maturity, acceptance, and growth, much like Cabello’s journey as an artist. Sheeran beautifully compliments Cabello’s vocals, adding depth to this flavorful track.
“My Universe,” Coldplay ft. BTS
A millennial fave, Coldplay mixed with BTS, a Korean heartthrob boy band. Featuring Korean and English lyrics, the song has the ’80s, robotic sound, which is a great middle-ground for both groups. This dance-worthy track is certainly unique but works very well.
I Like You, (A Happier Song), Post Malone ft Doja Cat
If you haven’t heard of either Post Malone or Doja Cat, then you are living under a rock. Both rappers are known for mixing genres, singing, and carrying unique sounds. That’s exactly what’s happening here on this song. The simple yet upbeat track features singing from both Post Malone and Doja. This song is such a great feel song, it might make Doja a 2peater in this category.
“Unholy,” Sam Smith ft. Kim Petras
English singer and songwriter Sam Smith collabs with German singer Kim Petras for a sultry story in form of a song. Known for “Stay with Me,” Smith takes a darker approach to “Unholy.” The title, self-explanatory, narrates the breakdown of a couple due to the “daddy’s” sexual exploration. While Petras adds rap-like vocals, singing from the perspective of a mistress. This song is a full-body (haha) experience.