Let's stay focused on the Grammys for a minute. Our awards ranking totals up the ladies' wins since 2009 at the American Music, Billboard, People's Choice, ACM, BET, CMA and MTV awards, with bonus points for Grammy nominations and extra credit for Grammy wins.
Taylor Swift takes this contest handily, with wins at literally every awards show we tracked (including a single MTV Video Music Award that Kanye West memorably, and rather publicly, thought should go to one of our other contenders). Because we assigned bonus points for Grammy Awards, Swift gets a sizable bump after dominating the 2010 Grammys, where Fearless took Album of the Year, among other prizes.
In all, eight of our contenders won Grammys during the coverage period; three more scored nominations. The biggest gap between nominations and wins: poor Katy Perry, who was teased with six nods – including, this year, a surprise Album of the Year nomination – and went home empty-handed.
Among the truly empty-handed, Ke$ha has yet to receive a statuette anywhere and has thus far gone completely unrecognized by the Grammys. Miley Cyrus would look stronger if we tracked the Teen Choice Awards, but among the mainstream awards-givers she is a near-no-show, save for a single People's Choice win. Finally and perhaps most surprisingly, Christina Aguilera, a Grammy favorite in the early '00s (she won Best New Artist back in 2000), is coming off a tough three years personally and professionally. Despite Xtina's recent dearth of podium-dwelling, her comeback this year on The Voice could begin to turn her fortunes around by 2012.
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