Lady Gaga Most Overrated, Madonna Most Anticipated: ‘Billboard’ Readers Poll

Robbie Daw / December 16, 2011

Out with the new and in with the, er, mature? Billboard turned the usual year-end list mania over to its readers via polls that asked them to have their say in such categories as Best Awards Show Performance (the winners: Rihanna and Britney Spears at the Billboard Music Awards), Best Festival Performance (Coldplay at Glastonbury), Hottest Couple (Jay-Z and Beyonce) and Biggest Controversy (Amy Winehouse’s death). But the real eyebrow-raiser is the Most Overrated label being slapped on Lady Gaga.

You really couldn’t miss Mother Monster, who grabbed 30% of the vote and beat runner-up Britney Spears and Justin Bieber for Most Overrated, in the past month. In addition to her A Very Gaga Thanksgiving special, the singer snagged Grammy nominations for Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, premiered her “Marry The Night” video, appeared on the covers of both Vanity Fair and Elle and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that Gaga was just named the top-earning female musician of the year, after banking a cool $90 million, by Forbes.

Meanwhile, Madonna edged out Nicki Minaj and the reunited No Doubt for Most Anticipated 2012 Album. The Material Girl’s brand new label deal with Interscope, home of Gaga, Eminem and U2, to name a few, was announced this week. And as for that anticipated album, it’s due out in March, and will be preceded by the arrival of both lead single “Gimme All Your Luvin” in late January and Madge’s Super Bowl halftime performance on February 5.

Madonna’s upcoming directorial effort W.E. (in theaters February 3) also earned two Golden Globe nominations yesterday, including one for the multi-talented performer’s ballad “Masterpiece”.

Other Billboard readers poll results included R.E.M. topping the Saddest Breakup list and Jennifer Lopez being awarded Best Comeback.

See all the results of Billboard’s polls here.