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Can Lady Gaga spin her MTV EMA wins into Grammy gold?

Lady Gaga's three top victories at the MTV Europe Music Awards best song ("Bad Romance"), best pop and best female artist suggest that she may be poised for major Grammy glory when nominations are announced next month for the awards in February.

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After all, she beat rivals for best song that may be nominated for the same top prize at the Grammys: Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie," Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and Usher's "OMG."  Furthermore, let's not forget that Lady Gaga romped at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this year with her videos, claiming seven trophies, including video of the year ("Bad Romance").

But beware: MTV's awards don't often line up with the Grammys. None of the recent winners of best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards was even nominated for best record or song by the U.S. recording academy: Beyonce's "Halo" (2009), Pink's "So What" (2008) or Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (2007). While some MTV VMA winners of best video of the year do make it into the top Grammy contests, many don't like  Britney Spears' "Piece of Me" (2008) and Panic! at the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" (2006).

Lady Gaga's biggest problem at the Grammys may be her unabashed trashy image. That used to spell doom for pop divas. To this day, Madonna still hasn't won best album, record or song. Her first two albums were completely ignored by voters: "Madonna" and "Like a Virgin." With "Ray of Light," she finally broke into the general field (those top three Grammy categories), but victory has been elusive in the marquee races. Her only Grammys were in the lower categories for pop, dance and movie music and videos.

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