A reader writes:
I will be amazed if there isn't 100% agreement that Cher deserves the award for the monumental absurdity of "Song for the Lonely". It was released in 2002, and although it doesn't directly reference 9/11 in its lyrics, it's obviously about that tragedy. Bathed in angelic light, Cher actually rebuilds the city of New York through the power of her music. Its skyscrapers are reborn to the great fanfare of working-class cops and firefighters who worship her at the end. No, this isn't hyperbole - they friggin' worship her!
This isn't a contest anymore; it's a coronation.