The recording academy has presented the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Performance since 1991, and almost half of those trophies (11 out of 23) have gone to music legend Tony Bennett. This year he’s back with Lady Gaga by his side for their collaboration “Cheek to Cheek.” Are they unstoppable, or can overdue Barbra Streisand finally win this race for “Partners“?
Bennett last won this category in 2011 for “Duets II,” which, incidentally, also featured Lady Gaga, and over the years, he has been virtually unbeatable in the race, losing only twice when nominated and both times to younger crooner Michael Buble. Bennett lost just last year, in fact: Buble’s “To Be Loved” edged out Bennett’s “Viva Duets.”
Meanwhile, poor Babs is still waiting in the wings. “Partners” is Streisand’s 10th Traditional Pop nomination, but she has never won. What’s more, five of her previous nine losses were to Bennett.
“Partners” has already made history for Streisand, debuting at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart last September, making her the only artist in history to have a chart-topping album in every decade since 1960s. Will her strong sales propel her to her first ever win in the category?
Two other veterans of the category are nominated again, but also have never won. Barry Manilow earns his fourth Traditional Pop bid for “Night Songs.” Bennett handed him one of his three previous losses.
Nominated for the first time in the category is Annie Lennox, who contends for “Nostalgia.” Will this be her first opportunity to lose to Tony Bennett, or will she or another rival dethrone the Traditional Pop Grammy king?
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