I never could sit still long enough to watch award shows, and since I haven’t had cable TV since September 2013, I could not have watched last night’s Oscars even if I had wanted to.
I did catch highlights on AOL and YouTube, and I must say that the Lady Gaga who sang all of that “Sound of Music” stuff last night was not the Lady Gaga that I’ve come to know and dislike. I’m going with IMPOSTOR! Nonetheless, whomever was up there singing, nailed it!
What’s more important to me here at Music on Mondays, though, is this:
On this day in 1978, there was a tie for Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards:
“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone
“Love Theme From ‘A Star Is Born’ (Evergreen)”
by Barbra Streisand
It is the only tie in the 57-year history of the Grammy Awards.
Bringing everything together with last night’s Oscar Awards, Barbra Streisand is the only person to be involved in a tie at the Grammys and a tie at the Oscars! In 1968, Streisand and Katherine Hepburn tied in the Oscar Best Actress category, Streisand for her performance in Funny Girl, and Hepburn for her performance in The Lion in Winter.
The Song of the Year at the 1968 Grammys was “Up, Up and Away” by The 5th Dimension:
According to the Billboard Hot 100, “You Light Up My Life” spent 25 weeks on the chart, 10 of those weeks at #1.
“Love Theme from ‘A Star is Born’ (Evergreen)” also spent 25 weeks on the chart, but only 3 weeks at #1.
Ten years earlier, “Up, Up and Away” peaked at #7, spending 12 weeks on the chart.