Last night, the biggest awards show in the history of music aired its annual broadcast, and the ceremony featured collaborations galore. This got us here at moonROK to thinking: what collaborations would we like to see between this year’s biggest acts at the Grammy’s and this year’s biggest artists in K-pop? After much thought and even more daydreaming, here are the 10 collaborations we would most like to see between this year’s Grammy winners and K-pop idols.
1) Hozier and Taeyeon
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier had an incredible year. Though he didn’t win in his category for Song of the Year, Hozier’s debut single “Take Me to Church” took the world by storm with its powerful message and anthemic arrangement. His deep yet controlled voice would be very well matched with Girls’ Generation main vocal Taeyeon, who has a similarly rich timbre to her pipes. Taeyeon’s voice would also effortlessly and beautifully fit with Hozier’s softer songs like “Cherry Wine” and “From Eden” which have a more lullabye-esque quality to them. Taeyeon has done her share of solo OSTs and ballads, but it would be great to hear her go soft on a song like one of Hozier’s.
2) Sam Smith and Ailee
Sam Smith cleaned up last night. The British vocalist took home awards for Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Record of the Year, all certainly well-deserved. Smith burst out of England and onto the world stage with such passionate and heartbreaking songs as “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not the Only One.” Who better to pair this powerhouse with than a female duet partner who can keep up? Ailee seems like an obvious shoice for Sam Smith’s partner; with an impressive ability to express emotion through her voice, Ailee knows when to belt it out and when to pull it back. A duet between the two would be one big swirl of amazing vocals blending together. We need it and we need it now.
3) Lady Gaga, Tony Bennet, and MAMAMOO
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet is one of the most simultaneously adorable and talented duos of all time. The two won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and were nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance after resurrecting standards like “Anything Goes” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” on their duet album, “Cheek to Cheek.” Add in MAMAMOO’s extraordinary vocals and their precise harmonies and it’s game over. The K-pop quartet already has a certain jazzy swing to their sound and we get the feeling that Tony and Gaga would welcome them with arms wide open.
4) Pharrell and G-Dragon
Let’s face it: based on the number of Instagram posts of the two together it’s bound to happen eventually so we may as well put it on the list now because it would be a great collaboration. Both Pharrell and GD insert a quirky, eccentric flair to what is at its core pop music, and have always exhibited similar interests in fashion and culture. Fingers crossed that this collaboration really does happen soon, because it was make us so, so “Happy.”
5) Kendrick Lamar and Bobby
Though it wasn’t televised, “Poetic Justice” rapper Kendrick Lamar did quite well for himself this year at the Grammy’s after getting famously snubbed for his debut album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City last year. The rapper picked up awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his most recent release, “I.” As one of the most exciting and innovative rappers on the scene right now, we would love to see Kendrick work with Bobby, YG Entertainment’s yet-to-debut-but-already-famous young rapper. 2014 was the year of Bobby; he won “Show Me the Money 3,” he was featured on the singles of many very prominent artists including label mate Epik High, and is gearing up to debut with iKON this year. Bobby seasons each song he features on with brainy yet bold lyrics, and we would love to see him get together with K-dot for a song.
6) HAIM and Krystal
Nominated for Best New Artist, the sisters HAIM are a trio of edgy, talented, and stylish Los Angeles natives who have been busy having an incredible year. With hits like “Change Your Mind” and “Falling,” HAIM has been gathering a widespread base of fans who love their hybrid alt-pop-rock sound and their independent woman/girl power mood. With an individual style all her own and delicate yet unique vocals, Krystal would go together perfectly with the girls of HAIM. In fact, we’re not 100% that they weren’t separated at birth — she fits right in with the long-haired sister rockers.
7) Ed Sheeran and Eddy Kim
Ed Sheeran didn’t take any awards home last night, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of talent — the guy was nominated for some very big awards, including Album of the Year. The British singer-songwriter has been on the up-and-up for the past few years now ever since his breakout hit “The A Team” was released in 2010, and has made a name for himself as a prodigious acoustic performer. Meanwhile, Eddy Kim burst onto the scene in Korea last year with his acoustic serenade, “The Manual” and has since retained the attention of fans with his ability to play complex guitar lines while singing. With similarly awesome acoustic skills, we would love to see Eddy and Ed collaborate on a song like “Thinking Out Loud.”
8) Meghan Trainor and 15&
This combo would bring so much sass and brass we’re not sure the world is even ready for it yet. Meghan Trainor, who was nominated for Song of the Year for her mega-hit “All About That Bass,” has been making waves since she popped up on the U.S. singles charts last year. With a saucy style and the pipes to back it up, Trainor would be perfect with the vocal powerhouse duo that is 15&. Not only do their sounds and styles match, but Trainor is only 21 years old and thus just four years senior to Park Jimin and Baek Yerin. All three of these girls have vocals that are mature beyond their ages, and it would be great to see them defy expectations together.
9) Usher and Taeyang
Both sweet singing and smooth stepping guys, Usher and Taeyang would be the collaboration to end all collaborations. Usher was nominated this year for his single, “Good Kisser” but has been glide-stepping his way into our hearts since the 2000s with his classic hits like “Burn” and “U Got It Bad.” Similarly, Taeyang’s body rolls and baby face have had fans swooning since even before “I Need A Girl.” These two princes of R&B would make for one luscious vocal collaboration that would no doubt include some glossy dance moves as well.
10) Childish Gambino and Primary
Nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance, Childish Gambino has captivated fans with the dexterous lyricism and witty wording of his hits like “3005” and “Heartbeat” over the past few years. Considered a luminary of his genre, it only makes sense that he collaborate with another game-changer, namely, Primary. The Amoeba Culture producer/DJ arguably single-handly brought retro-swing pop into vogue in Korea, pushing R&B singers and rappers into the mainstream limelight with his infectious tracks. A collaboration between these two would be a guaranteed hit that you wouldn’t be able to get out of your head for days even if you tried.
This concludes our 2015 Grammy’s Special editorial. Did we leave anyone out? If so, let us know which artists you would like to see collaborate together in the comments below!
Tags: 15& Ailee Bobby Eddy Kim G-Dragon Krystal MAMAMOO Primary Taeyang Taeyeon