Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett’s “Love for Sale”, is she eligible for the 2022 Grammys?
Bennett and Gaga’s first joint album, Cheek to cheek, won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album seven years ago. Should Love for sale also win in this category, they would be the first pair to win twice in this category.
Bennett has won 13 times in the traditional pop category. In addition, an album by Various Artists celebrating his legacy, Tony Bennett turns 90, won four years ago. (This isn’t quite the record for most wins in a category. Jimmy Sturr has won best polka album 18 times. The lack of competitiveness in the category is one of the reasons why the Academy dropped out of the category in 2009.)
Love to sell, Made up entirely of songs by Cole Porter, was recorded between 2018 and early 2020. If nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, it would be the second year in a row that a Porter Tribute has been nominated. by Harry Connick Jr. True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter was nominated last year. Porter’s first category-nominated tribute album was by cabaret star Bobby Short You’re The Top: Cole Porter Love Songs (1999).
Porter, one of the main authors of the Great American Songbook, died in 1964 at the age of 73. He was part of the inaugural class elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and received a Trustees Award from the Recording Academy in 1989.
Love for sale is Bennett’s 61st studio album, Gaga’s seventh (not counting the A star is born soundtrack). Bennett released his first studio album, Because of you, in 1952. Gaga released his first, Fame, In 2008.
Bennett won 18 Grammys out of 36 nominations. That’s a very high rate of conversion from nominations to wins. Additionally, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2001. Gaga won 12 Grammys out of 29 nominations.
Bennett, who was born August 3, 1926, would be just under 95 1/2 on Grammy night 2022. If he won a Grammy that night, he would become the second oldest Grammy winner. The record is held by blues legend Pinetop Perkins, who was 97 years and 221 days old when he won the 2010 award for best traditional blues album for Joined at the hip, a collaboration with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.
Comedian George Burns currently sits second, but would drop to third if Bennett won. Burns was 95 years and 31 days old when he won the 1990 award for best oral or non-musical recording for Gracie – a love story, a tribute to his late wife, beloved actress Gracie Allen.
Love for sale could eventually receive a nomination for album of the year. If so, that would give Bennett a record 60-year album of the year. It was first nominated in this category in 1962 for I left my heart in San Francisco. He won, rather controversially, in 1994 for MTV unplugged.
The current record for longest album run of the year is held by Ray Charles, who nodded for 44 years. It received its first nod in the category in 1961 for Genie + Soul = Jazz and his last, posthumously, in 2004 for Genius loves company.
In a unique arrangement, Love for sale is jointly released by Columbia, Bennett’s longtime label, and Interscope, Gaga’s label.