Lady Gaga thanks Whitney Houston for inspiring Madonna-like single

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Lady Gaga snagged two Grammy Awards Sunday, Feb. 13, and gave an emotional acceptance speech, giving thanks to Whitney Houston.

After she grabbed Best Pop Vocal Album for The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga said she wrote the song “Born This Way” with Houston’s voice in mind.

“I had this dream when I was really young that I could be here if I really wanted to be,” Lady Gaga said tearfully.

For some fans, Gaga may have heard Houston’s voice when she penned “Born This Way,” but it seems she channeled Madonna from start to finish when she recorded it.

“Sounds a lot like ‘Express Yourself’ if you ask me,” a listener said Sunday. “I was actually singing the Madonna words while listening to the Gaga song.”

Regardless, Lady Gaga also grabbed a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She was nominated in two other categories: Best Dancing Record and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Meantime, Lady Antebellum took home Best County Album for Need You Now and Record of the Year for the crossover title track. The trio also took home honors for Best Country Song, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Song of the Year.

A somewhat rag-tag cast of artists paid tribute to Aretha Franklin with a series of collaborations. Janelle Monae performed with Bruno Mars, Drake and Rihanna, while Bob Dylan joined Mumford and Sons.

Mick Jagger was also in Los Angeles Sunday for his first Grammy performance.

Here’s a partial list of winners from the 53rd Grammy Awards. For a complete list of winners, visit

Record of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum (Lady Antebellum and Paul Worley, producers; Clarke Schleicher, engineer/mixer); Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire (Arcade Fire and Markus Dravs, producers; Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson and Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers; George Marino, mastering engineer); Song of the Year: “Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum); Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga; Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Just The Way You Are,” Bruno Mars; Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “Hey, Soul Sister (Live),” Train; Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: “Imagine,” with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare; Best Pop Instrumental Performance: “Nessun Dorma,” Jeff Beck; Best Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto; Best Pop Vocal Album: The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga.

Best Dance Recording: “Only Girl (in the World),” Rihanna; Best Electronic Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux; Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Crazy Love, Michael Buble; Best Solo Rock Performance: “Helter Skelter,” Paul McCartney; Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “Tighten Up,” The Black Keys; Best Hard Rock Performance: “New Fang,” Them Crooked Vultures; Best Metal Performance: “El Dorado,” Iron Maiden.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: “Hammerhead,” Jeff Beck; Best Rock Song: “Angry World,” Neil Young; Best Rock Album: The Resistance, Muse; Best Alternative Music Album: Brothers, The Black Keys; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “Bittersweet,” Fantasia; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “There Goes My Baby,” Usher; Best R&B Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals: “Soldier of Love,” Sade; Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Hang On In There,” John Legend and The Roots.

Best Urban/Alternative Performance: “F–k You,” Cee Lo Green; Best R&B Song: “Shine,” John Legend and The Roots; Best R&B Album: Wake Up!, John Legend and The Roots; Best Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond v. Raymond, Usher; Best Rap Solo Performance: “Not Afraid,” Eminem; Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group: “On To The Next One,” Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys; Best Rap Song: “Empire State of Mind,” Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic and Alexander Shuckbergh, songwriters (Sylvia Robinson, songwriter) (Jay-Z and Alicia Keys); Best Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert; Best Male Country Vocal Performance: “’Til Summer Comes Around,” Keith Urban; Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum; Best Country Collaboration with Vocals: “As She’s Walking Away,” Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson; Best Country Instrumental Performance: “Hummingbyrd,” Marty Stuart; Best Country Song: “Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum); Best Country Album: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum.

Best New Age Album: Journey to the Mountain, Miho; Best Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band; Best Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan: To Billie With Love >From Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dee Dee Bridgewater; Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock, soloist; Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Moody No. 4B, James Moody; Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band; Best Latin Jazz Album: Chucho’s Steps, Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messangers.

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