Update: Hear Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way'

It is once again shaping up to be the Year of Gaga. With her new single, 'Born This Way,' set to premiere Friday and a much-anticipated Grammy performance on tap for this Sunday, headline-grabbing pop rebel Lady Gaga is poised to re-claim her status as music's It girl.

Gaga's longtime producer and collaborator Akon tells PopEater the multi-platinum talent doesn't get enough credit for the depth and artistry of her songwriting. "Gaga says a lot of stuff in her records," says Akon, who first signed 'The Fame Monster' superstar to his Kon Live Distribution label in 2007. "But I know these parents and critics are not really listening to her lyrics. I know that for a fact. She's singing about a lot of adult subject matter. She's not just making dance records. Unfortunately, people pay more attention to what she is wearing."