With a successful six-month tour behind Adam Lambert, and Lady Gaga’s gayest anthem yet, “Born This Way,” released Friday, both artists and their adoring gay fan bases can now look forward to Sunday’s Grammy Awards with nominations in their back pockets.
With months of hype that created a self-fulfilling prophecy of success for “Born This Way”—a dance anthem with a ringing loud, proud and clear not-a-choice endorsement—Gaga’s instant hit landed at radio stations on Friday. On Sunday, we’ll all get to see it live as she takes the stage during the Grammys ceremony.
Gaga (top photo from last year’s Grammys performance), Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry lead with the most nominations. All four are also slated to perform.
Glambert (bottom photo) is not on the performance roster (hopefully not because of the double-standard controversy over his 2009 American Music Awards appearance), but he spoke to “American Idol” about his nod in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category for his single “Whataya Want From Me.” Lammy’s Grammy isn’t a shoe-in by any means. He’s up against Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, and the heart-tugging, vote-pulling posthumous favorite, Michael Jackson.
In addition to answering fan questions and basking in the afterglow of the Glam Nation Tour that included Atlanta, Lambert also dishes with “Idol” on bringing a date to the awards and what he’ll wear.
“I’m riding solo,” Adam revealed. “It’s one of those things where it’s both fun and work. I feel like it would be rude to bring someone and then have to work. This way I can focus and interact. I think I know what I’m wearing, but I can always change my mind last minute. I’m a fashion schizophrenic!”
On Tuesday, Lambert announced an upcoming release of a live CD/DVD from his Glam Nation Tour. That box set drops on March 22. Other “Idol” alums with Grammy nominations this year include Carrie Underwood and Fantasia. (Keep up with “Idol” through our recaps of each episode, all season long.)
For you old schoolers who remember when the biggest gay icon was Barbra, no last name needed, Ms. Streisand takes the stage to perform and shows her staying power with a 2011 nomination of her own: Best Traditional Pop Album.
Other performers scheduled for the Grammy stage on Sunday include Justin Bieber and Usher with Jaden Smith; B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe; Drake and Rihanna; Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets; and Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards air on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Here’s the full list of nominees.