The 2019 Grammys have gone meta. On Friday, the Recording Academy announced that “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Coopers duet from A Star Is Born, had been nominated for three major awards: record of the year, song of the year, and best pop duo/group performance. Gaga herself was also nominated for her non-A Star Is Born-related song “Joanne,” which is up for best pop-solo performance. Itll be a big night for the film, and an even bigger night for Gaga if she collects all the trophies shes up for. Which brings us to the most important question: who will win more Grammys, Gaga or Ally?
The Grammys play a pivotal role in A Star Is Born. After Ally (Gaga) gets her big break and releases some catchy booty pop, she is nominated for three awards, including best new artist. She ends up winning that category, but her moment in the spotlight is dashed when Coopers Jackson Maine drunkenly ambles onstage and pees his pants. Its one of the darkest, weirdest moments in the movie, a scene that crystalizes just how high Ally is riding—and Jacks destructive tendencies. If theres a silver lining to be culled from it, its that Ally officially becomes a Grammy-winning artist.
In the real world, “Shallow” has a shot at winning its categories, but its competition is fierce. In song of the year, its up against relentless bangers like “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey, and the anthemic “This Is America” by Childish Gambino. In record of the year, its up against both of those songs as well as “Gods Plan” by Drake, “I Like It” by Cardi B, and “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar (a perennial Grammy winner) and SZA. In an even more meta twist, Brandi Carliles “The Joke” is also a nominee. For those who dont remember, Carlile makes a cameo in A Star Is Born as herself, performing a Roy Orbison tribute alongside Jack at that fateful Grammys ceremony. Its a mini A Star Is Born showdown, within the actual Grammys!
Over in the best pop-solo performance, Gagas chances are strong as well—but shes not an easy front-runner. The six-time Grammy winner is up against Ariana Grande, Beck, Camila Cabello, and Post Malone. If anyone is the current lead, its Grande—whos critically acclaimed, but still Grammy-less—followed by Beck, a former album-of-the-year winner. If Gaga wins, shell be neck and neck with her A Star Is Born characters 2019 Grammy performance. (Or whenever A Star Is Born is supposed to take place.) That is, unless “Shallow” takes home its categories, which might count as a win for Ally as well—tearing a hole in the space-time continuum and leaving us all in an endless loop soundtracked by Gaga sing-shouting the songs legendary bridge.
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