Don’t expect to find Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse among those in the running for Record of the Year when Grammy nominations are announced on Nov. 30. Winehouse, who passed away in July, is ineligible because “Body and Soul,” her collaboration with Tony Bennett, was not entered for consideration. Instead, the record label submitted Lady Gaga’s duet with Bennett, “The Lady Is a Tramp,” which has only an outside chance to make the shortlist.
Lady Gaga had a surefire contender in “Born This Way,” the title track from her latest album. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. Inexplicably, it is missing from the longlist as she submitted songs unlikley to strike a chord with voters — the less successful singles “You and I” and “Judas.”
Lady Gaga was previously nominated for Record of the Year in 2010 for “Poker Face” but was snubbed last year for “Bad Romance.”
In 2008, Winehouse won Record of the Year for her smash “Rehab.” “Body and Soul” may still reap a bid in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
With “Born This Way” and “Body and Soul” out of the running, British singer Adele is all but assured a victory for “Rolling in the Deep.” There was some debate over whether or not she would submit that hit or her current Hot 100 #1 “Someone Like You.” Either would have been a strong contender to win, but “Rolling in the Deep” now seems more and more like a sure thing.
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