Will this finally be the year that legendary singer Barbra Streisand finally wins the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album? The category was established in 1992, and Streisand has now been nominated 11 times without winning. That’s due in large part to Tony Bennett, who has monopolized the award with 13 wins — that’s more than half of the prizes that have been given out, including the last two in a row. But Bennett isn’t nominated this year, which could finally give Streisand the opening she’s been waiting for.
Streisand is nominated for “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” in which she performs show tune duets with Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and more. It debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, which makes it the only chart-topper in this category.
To date Streisand is an eight-time Grammy winner, including Album of the Year in 1964 for “The Barbra Streisand Album” and Song of the Year in 1978 for “Evergreen” from “A Star is Born,” but she hasn’t actually won any award since claiming Best Female Pop Vocal for “The Broadway Album” in 1987 — 30 years ago.
But she’ll have to get past Bob Dylan, who contends for “Fallen Angels,” which consists of songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra. This is Dylan’s second straight nomination in this category, following “Shadows in the Night” last year. He’s an 11-time Grammy winner overall, and on top of that he was just awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, an unprecedented feat for a musician.
They’re joined by another legendary music vet, Willie Nelson for “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” in which he performs pop standards including “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “Embraceable You.” This is his third nomination in the category, but he has yet to win it. However, he has accumulated seven Grammys over the course of his career thus far.
Also nominated for the third time is Josh Groban for “Stages Live”; like Streisand’s album it consists of songs from Broadway musicals, and this live set follows the studio recording “Stages,” which was nominated for this award last year. But unlike Streisand, Dylan or Nelson, Groban has never won a Grammy before, but he is by far the youngest nominee in this race at age 35, so he has time yet.
Rounding out the category is Andrea Bocelli for “Cinema,” in which he performs classic film songs like “Maria” from “West Side Story” and “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The celebrated tenor is nominated for the first time in this category, and it’s his fourth nomination overall, including a Best New Artist bid in 1999, but he too has yet to win in any category.
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