Sure, the Golden Globes are a big excuse for celebrities to get soused and congratulate each other, but this year’s offering of Best Original Song nominees has a neat wrinkle: Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing off against one another, with Gaga up for her weirdly Bee Gees-evoking Elton John collab “Hello Hello” (from Gnomeo & Juliet) and Madonna nominated for “Masterpiece,” a sweeping ballad from the Madge-directed flick W.E. If you are confused by the existence of this song, because how can a Madonna song fall in the forest of New York City and not make much of a sound, worry not; it only premiered to those of us not on the Globes’ nominating committee last week. Also up for the award are Mary J. Blige (for a track from The Help), Sinéad O’Connor, and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. What year is this again? All five nominees available for your streaming perusal below.
Mary J. Blige, “The Living Proof” (The Help)
Chris Cornell, “The Keeper” (Machine Gun Preacher)
Elton John/Lady Gaga, “Hello Hello” (Gnomeo & Juliet)
Madonna, “Masterpiece” (W.E.)
Sinéad O’Connor, “Lay Your Head Down” (Albert Nobbs)
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 15, 2011