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Jay Leno & Lady Gaga: Someone give the host a copy of the Grammy rulebook

November 24, 2009 | 12:22 pm


This will be the final post in which Pop & Hiss mentions Lady Gaga not being in the running for a best new artist Grammy nod. Lady Gaga went on "The Jay Leno Show" on Monday night, with the host proclaiming in an interview with the artist that she is "kinda getting screwed here," as Recording Academy rules stipulate that an artist who has been previously nominated for a Grammy cannot be considered a best new artist.

As noted Monday, Lady Gaga will not be in the running for a best new artist award at the 2010 ceremony, despite being the year's most obvious breakout star. Yet let's be clear -- nobody is getting screwed here. If anything, the Recording Academy is getting unfairly beaten up over this complete non-issue.

Pop & Hiss has taken the Grammys to task multiple times, but the Recording Academy is in the right on this one. Here's why: The Haus of Gaga and Universal Music Group could have simply held off on submitting Lady Gaga for the career-making, oh-so-coveted best dance recording award last year, in which Gaga's "Just Dance" lost to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."

Don't remember that category? It wasn't broadcast on the air.

But the very act of submitting Lady Gaga for the 2009 Grammy Awards meant that Team Gaga was sacrificing the best chance the artist would have for a best new artist trophy. With her album "The Fame" released after the 2009 eligibility period ended, the entire music industry knew that her only shot for a best new artist nod would have been at the 2010 ceremony. The Grammys didn't go and pull a fast one on anybody.

And besides, when your record is a lock for an album of the year nod, who needs a best new artist nomination?

To her credit, Lady Gaga responded to Leno by saying she doesn't "rely on outside validation." Watch Lady Gaga perform "Bad Romance" on the NBC site

-- Todd Martens


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Photo:  Screenshot of Lady Gaga performing on "The Jay Leno Show." Credit: NBC