Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Awarded forquality collaborative pop performances with vocals
CountryUnited States

The Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality pop songs on which singers collaborate. Awards in several categories are distributed annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position."[2]

The award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals was first presented to Al Green and Lyle Lovett at the 37th Grammy Awards (1995) for the song "Funny How Time Slips Away". According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award was presented to artists that performed "newly recorded collaborative pop performances" that "do not normally perform together."[3]

In 1997, the father and daughter duo consisting of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole won the award for "When I Fall in Love", a duet remake of one of his signature hits.[4] There have been five instances in which an artist was nominated for more than one song within the same year. In 1998, Barbra Streisand received nominations for the songs "I Finally Found Someone" (with Bryan Adams) and "Tell Him" (with Celine Dion). Santana was nominated in 2000 for the songs "Love of My Life" (with Dave Matthews) and "Smooth" (with Rob Thomas), the latter of which earned the group an award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. In 2002, Christina Aguilera was nominated along with Ricky Martin for the song "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" and won an award for the song "Lady Marmalade". In 2005, Ray Charles earned nominations for the songs "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" and "Here We Go Again" alongside Elton John and Norah Jones, respectively. In 2010, Colbie Caillat was nominated for the songs "Breathe" and "Lucky" alongside Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz, respectively. Charles and Caillat both earned one award from their two nominations.

Two-time award recipients include Alison Krauss, Van Morrison, Pink, Robert Plant, and Santana. Krauss and Plant are the only duo to win more than once as well as the only consecutive winners. Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder share the record for the most nominations, with six each.

The award has been discontinued as of 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. In 2012, all duo or group performances in the pop category were shifted to the newly formed Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. Hence the 2011 award to a cover version of "Imagine" was the last one to be awarded in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category.[5]


An older man holding a guitar and looking to his left.
Lyle Lovett (pictured) and Al Green became the first award recipients in 1995 for the song "Funny How Time Slips Away".
Older man playing a guitar and wearing a green shirt and hat
2000 and 2003 award winner Santana performing in 2000.
Older man smiling and wearing black sunglasses while in front of a microphone.
Six-time nominee Stevie Wonder in 2006
A blonde woman wearing a black gown singing into a microphone.
Six-time nominee and 2002 award winner Christina Aguilera
A woman in a blue dress holding a fiddle sings into a microphone.
Two-time recipient Alison Krauss performing in 2008
A curly haired man, strumming a guitar and wearing a white shirt.
2010 award winner Jason Mraz performing in 2006
Year[I] Performing artists Work Nominees Ref.
1995 Al Green and Lyle Lovett "Funny How Time Slips Away" [6]
1996 The Chieftains and Van Morrison "Have I Told You Lately" [7]
1997 Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole "When I Fall in Love" [8]
1998 John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison "Don't Look Back" [9]
1999 Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach "I Still Have That Other Girl" [10]
2000 Santana and Rob Thomas "Smooth" [11]
2001 B.B. King and Dr. John "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't (My Baby)" [12]
2002 Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink "Lady Marmalade" [13]
2003 Santana and Michelle Branch "The Game of Love" [14]
2004 Sting and Mary J. Blige "Whenever I Say Your Name" [15]
2005 Ray Charles and Norah Jones "Here We Go Again" [16]
2006 Gorillaz and De La Soul "Feel Good Inc." [17]
2007 Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder "For Once in My Life" [18]
2008 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" [19]
2009 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss "Rich Woman" [20]
2010 Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat "Lucky" [21]
2011 Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono Nº1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangaré "Imagine" [22]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.