Lady Gaga may already have five Grammy Awards, but her latest release “Born This Way” would be her first to win the coveted Album of the Year. She will likely face off against fellow Grammy darlings Adele, Kanye West, and Tony Bennett in the top race.
“Born This Way” has sold over 8 million copies worldwide to date with more than 1 million sold in the United States in the first week of release. Those numbers could propel Gaga to a third consecutive bid for the top prize at the Grammys. She has been nominated the last two years running for “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster.”
The success of singles from this new disc gives her bid an added boost. The title track debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for six weeks. Follow-up singles “Judas,” “The Edge of Glory,” and “You and I” all made the top ten. However, despite the enormous popularity of the “Born This Way” single, Gaga notoriously opted not to submit it for Record of the Year.
A nomination for Record of the Year is practically a prerequisite for a pop artist to win Album of the Year. The last time someone won without one was when traditional pop vocalist Tony Bennett’s “MTV Unplugged” took the 1995 honor. Ironically, Gaga could reap a Record of the Year nod for her collaboration “The Lady Is a Tramp” with Bennett from his “Duets II.” That would improve his chances to once again win the prize.
Currently, Gold Derby‘s Experts, Editors, and Users give Lady Gaga along with Kanye West (“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy“) and Tony Bennett odds of 2/11 to be nominated while Adele (“21“) is far out in front at 1/100.
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