Trends: Pop Stars Go Head To Head At Grammys

While the <strong>Best Rap</strong> and <strong>Pop</strong> albums might cross paths on your playlists, they’re kept pretty separate at <a href=”; target=”_blank”>The Grammy Awards</a>. Just as well; <a href=”; target=”_blank”>Eminem</a> might have <a href=”; target=”_blank”>met his match</a> with today’s nominees.

<a href=”; target=”_blank”> Trends</a> takes a look at your most popular among the nominees.

Today’s picks are dominated by one performer; <a href=”; target=”_blank”>Lady Gaga</a> rules the roost among the <strong>Best Pop Vocal Albums</strong>, and with a hefty margin.

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Her lead isn’t particularly surprising. With <strong>96,837,043</strong> plays from <strong>2,090,912</strong> listeners she’s one of the most popular contemporary performers among <a href=”; target=”_blank”></a> listeners.

But <a href=”; target=”_blank”>Katy Perry</a>‘s  relatively strong showing is a surprise. She’s got a little under half  the reach of Gaga, but her album only dropped in the late summer; in  less than a third of the time that’s a considerable impact.

As far as fans are concerned she could come from behind to snatch the coveted award.

<a href=”; target=”_blank”>John Mayer</a>‘s done surprisingly well too, particularly compared to <a href=”; target=”_blank”>Justin Bieber</a>.  The teen pop sensation might be a YouTube phenomenon, but listeners  clearly don’t want him to spend too long on their speakers.

And as for <a href=”; target=”_blank”>Susan Boyle</a>,  she’s far away the outsider of the category. After a difficult twelve  months for the singer it might be best that she doesn’t get her hopes  up.

We’ll be checking in on <a href=”; target=”_blank”>Grammy</a> nominees throughout the month, but remember that the results will only be revealed on <strong>CBS on Feb. 13, 2011</strong>.

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