It's a woman's world in the category this year
Best pop solo performance
"Set Fire to the Rain (Live)"
FROM: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
SONGWRITERS: Fraser T. Smith, Adele Adkins
PUBLISHERS: Universal Music Publishing/Chrysalis Music Publishing
LABEL: XL Recordings/Columbia Records
Since scoring the trophies for best new artist and best female pop vocal performance in 2009, Adele has become a staple at the Grammys. Last year, the British songstress swept the ceremony with six wins for her sophomore album, 21 (album of the year, pop vocal album); "Rolling in the Deep" (record of the year, song of the year, best short form music video); and "Someone Like You" (this category). Her live performance of "Set Fire to the Rain," included on her DVD/Blu-ray/CD release Live at the Royal Albert Hall, keeps her Grammy momentum steady.
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
SONGWRITERS: Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin
PUBLISHERS: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music, EMI April Music
Before releasing her fifth album, Stronger, Kelly Clarkson hit the Billboard Hot 100 with lead single "Mr. Know It All," which peaked at No. 10. But it was with the offering's second standout, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," that she crowned the chart for three weeks. The empowerment anthem became Clarkson's third, and longest-leading, Hot 100 No. 1 after "A Moment Like This" and "My Life Would Suck Without You," selling 3.9 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition to best pop solo performance, "Stronger" earned a nomination for record and song of the year.
"Call Me Maybe"
Carly Rae Jepsen
SONGWRITERS: Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, Tavish Crowe
PUBLISHERS: Jepsen Music Publishing/Regular Monkey Productions/Crowe Music Publishing
LABEL: Interscope/604/Schoolboy Records
Carly Rae Jepsen landed one of the biggest singles of the year with "Call Me Maybe," which is honored in both the song of the year and best pop solo performance categories. The tart earworm, included on her debut album, Kiss, spent a whopping nine consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100, has sold 6.3 million copies and became the second-biggest-selling digital song of the year. In addition to the track being named Billboard's Song of the Summer, the Canada native was recently honored as Billboard's Rising Star for 2012.
FROM: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection
SONGWRITERS:Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter
PUBLISHERS: When I'm Rich You'll Be My Bitch, administered by WB Music/Kasz Money Publishing/MXM AB administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing/Bonnie McKee Music/Where Da Kasz At? administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing/CYP Two Publishing/Oneirology Publishing/Prescription Songs, administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
After landing five consecutive Hot 100 No. 1s from the standard edition of sophomore album Teenage Dream, Katy Perry mined chart gold with the repackaged Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. The latter's first offering, "Part of Me," crashed the charts in the days following her performance of the song at last year's Grammys, bowing at No. 1 and selling 2.5 million copies. "Wide Awake" followed suit, topping the Mainstream Top 40, Adult Top 40 and Dance Club Songs charts and marking Perry's ninth Grammy nod -- though she's yet to take home a golden statue.
"Where Have You Been"
FROM: Talk That Talk
SONGWRITERS: Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, Calvin Harris, Geoff Mack, Henry Walter
PUBLISHERS: Dat Damn Dean/Universal Music Publishing/Kasz Money Publishing/EMI Music Publishing/Oneirology Publishing/Prescription Songs/Unichappell Music
LABEL: Def Jam
After delivering the monstrous lead single "We Found Love" from her sixth album, Talk That Talk, Rihanna kept the ball rolling with "Where Have You Been." The Barbadian singer performed the thumping cut, produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Calvin Harris, for the first time at a 2012 post-Grammy charity fund-raiser with Deadmau5. It later topped the Dance Club Songs chart and peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100. With five trophies already to her name, Rihanna has another three shots at winning in 2013, also landing nods for "We Found Love" (best short form music video) and "Talk That Talk" featuring Jay-Z (best rap/sung collaboration).