Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard.com associate editor Jason Lipshutz and Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield every Thursday on the free Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to last week’s episode).
This week’s episode is a full preview of the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, with Jason and Keith joined by Billboard.com editor M. Tye Comer (@mtye) to discuss the four major award categories and the most anticipated performances of the upcoming ceremony. Can anyone top Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for best new artist? Is Taylor Swift’s “Red” the odds-on favorite for album of the year? How will Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” and Lorde’s “Royals” perform in the record of the year and song of the year categories? The guys make their picks for who will win and who should win each of the main awards, and discuss Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, James Blake and many more nominees and performers.