Meet This Year's Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominees | 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show
The 2022 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted golden gramophone for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
In 2022, this star-studded category features two group performances (BTS's "Butter" and Coldplay's "Higher Power") and three duo performances (Tony Bennett's & Lady Gaga's "I Get a Kick Out of You," Justin Bieber's and Benny Blanco's "Lonely" and Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More," feat. SZA).
While we'll have to wait for the 64th GRAMMY Awards to air on CBS on Monday, Jan. 13, to find out who will be the winner, let's take a quick look at the pop duos and groups nominated in one of the most-anticipated categories at music's biggest night.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga — "I Get a Kick Out of You"
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga make a winning pair. One of America's most beloved and enduring singers, Bennett has recorded over 60 artist albums and was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
After winning his first of 19 GRAMMYs in 1963 for "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Bennett has stayed active into the 21st century partly through his collaborations with contemporary pop icon Lady Gaga.
Bennett and Gaga first came together on 2014's GRAMMY-winning album, Cheek to Cheek, which showcased their vocal chemistry revisiting jazz and pop standards.
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" appears on the duo's second collaborative album, Love for Sale, as one of ten renditions of songs written by the great American composer and songwriter Cole Porter.
Love for Sale has been billed as Bennett's final album, and the warm, affectionate atmosphere of "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is a fitting capstone on a titanic career.
"Lonely" — Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco
While Justin Bieber has never shied away from authentic emotion, the singer revealed a new layer of vulnerability on this year's "Lonely."
With Bieber's passionate vocals accompanied by gentle piano, the song deals plainly with the pitfalls of early fame and the loneliness that comes at the top. That tension is captured in the simple lyric, "What if you had it all/ and nobody to call?"
While Bieber and producer Benny Blanco are repeat collaborators, "Lonely" is their first release together with Blanco credited as a lead artist.
Blanco worked with fellow hitmaker FINNEAS on the outline of the song, before bringing it to Bieber for his input.
"I went into the studio and sang through it which wasn't easy, but started to really see the importance of telling this story," Bieber wrote to his fans upon the song's release.
"Lonely" was released as a single ahead of Bieber's sixth studio album, Justice, accompanied by a music video featuring actor Jacob Tremblay as young Bieber.
When the artist returns to stages in 2022 on the Justice World Tour, "Lonely" is sure to be an emotional highpoint of the show.
"Butter" — BTS
Released more than a year into our new pandemic-adjusted lives, BTS's 'Butter' came as a very welcome burst of pleasure.
"Butter" is the world-conquering South Korean group's second English-language single following 2020's "Dynamite," whose music video now boasts over 1.2 billion views on YouTube.
A dance-pop exemplar that gives equal shine to all seven members, "Butter" topped the Billboard 200 Global chart and added even more converts to the already enormous BTS ARMY. (Even the group's additional choreography video has 150 million views on top of the music video's 620 million).
The song got an additional boost thanks to a remix featuring Megan Thee Stallion, which then led into BTS's next English-language single, "Permission to Dance."
At present, BTS is in Los Angeles for a whirlwind of appearances, including the multi-night Permission To Dance On Stage at SoFi Stadium — the group's first in-person concerts since 2019. The BTS comet is still burning bright.
"Higher Power" — Coldplay
More than two decades into an illustrious career, and with seven GRAMMY wins to its name, Coldplay is always looking for something new.
For their ninth album, 2021's Music of the Spheres, the band welcomed in pop superproducer Max Martinalongside bold guest appearances from BTS on "My Universe" and Selena Gomez on "Let Somebody Go," while also reuniting with the electronic composer Jon Hopkins. Now that's variety.
Lead single "Higher Power" brings together Coldplay's arena-ready sound with Martin's synth-pop flourishes. The music video, in which Chris Martin dances among the alien inhabitants of the trash planet Kaotica, is every bit as vivid as the song itself.
After performing "Higher Power" during its week-long music residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden in October, Coldplay has announced a world tour for 2022 — which is sure to feature the song front and center.
"Kiss Me More" — Doja Cat feat. SZA
Following the success of Doja Cat's 2019 album, Hot Pink, and her "Boss Bitch" on 2020's Birds of Preysoundtrack, fans were eager to hear what was next from the viral star.
True to form, the singer made a major splash in April with "Kiss Me More," featuring fellow pop innovator SZA. The slinky collaboration finds equilibrium between each artist's R&B, hip-hop and pop sensibilities, and inspired a candy-colored music video starring Grey's Anatomy actor Alex Landi.
Out of lockdown, the duo gave "Kiss Me More" a show-stopping performance at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, accompanied by on-point costumes and choreography.
"Kiss Me More" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rhythmic Airplay chart, setting the stage for Doja Cat's third album, Planet Her, to reach No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It's always wise to bet on Doja Cat.