MP3.com Grammy Picks: Best Pop Group Performance

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2011 was an interesting year for Pop music, with trends moving towards the big club beats of European electronic music. This year’s nominees for Best Pop Group Performance, of course, are not all electronic artists, but many have incorporated elements of that sound into their styles. Their are holdouts from artists with more traditional pop styles as well though, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

This year’s nominees for Best Pop Group Performance are:

“Pumped Up Kicks”
Foster The People
Track from: Torches
[Star Time Intl./Columbia]

“Paradise”
Coldplay
[Capitol Records]

“Body And Soul”
Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
Track from: Duets II
[Columbia Records]

“Dearest”
The Black Keys
Track from: Rave On Buddy Holly
[Fantasy]

“Moves Like Jagger”
Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
Track from: Hands All Over
[A&M/Octone Records]

Picking a winner from this group is no easy task, it’s jam packed with some of the biggest names in music and each of them bring something different to the table. Foster the People have had an incredible break out year with their huge single “Pump Up Kicks.”

Amy Winehouse delivered an amazing performance with Tony Bennet with their cover of “Body and Soul,” and her tragic, untimely death this past year gives this entry and extra “X” factor.

Perennial favorites Coldplay  have managed to deliver for the umpteenth time on their new album Mylo Xyloto, whose single “Paradise” has been everywhere.

Early 00′s garage rock survivors The Black Keys have had an enormous year as well, following up on the success of 2010′s Brothers with El Camino, an album that adds a little T. Rex style glam rock to their sound.

“Moves Like Jagger” features two pop heavyweights in Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. On star power alone, it seems like this track could win. The fact that it’s a great song to boot makes it another serious contender.

It’s a close call between all of these entries, but we’re going to have to go with Foster the People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks” for our pick on Best Pop Group Performance. The insane catchiness of the track combined with the huge breakout year the band has had gives the track an edge over the competition.

Who is your pick for Best Pop Group Performance? Let us know in the comments!

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