The 2014 Grammy nominees for Best Pop Solo Performance come from a range of singers. Whether it's a former boy bander-turned-solo-success or a New Zealand newcomer, these artists represent the best pop music has to offer. Sara Bareilles, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake are all contenders for the honor. Who do you think should win the Grammy?
The nominees for Album of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards come from multiple genres, including pop, rap and country. The contenders are Sara Bareilles' 'The Blessed Unrest,' Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories,' Kendrick Lamar's 'Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City,' Macklemore + Ryan Lewis' 'The Heist' and Taylor Swift's 'Red.'
Sara Bareilles' hit song 'Brave' caught fire in the media when critics compared Katy Perry's smash hit 'ROAR' to it (suggesting it was Perry who took liberties with Bareilles' already-established melody). Bareilles didn't care, since she and Perry are pals and her song, with its poignant message about coming out, got more attention due to the association.