Original cast albums of Broadway’s Waitress and Bright Star are among the nominees for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award. Nominations were announced December 6, and the awards will be handed out February 12, 2017, at the 59th Grammy Awards broadcast.
The Recording Academy and 2016 Grammy Best New Artist Meghan Trainor announced nominees in the four General Field categories (Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year) live on CBS This Morning. Immediately following, The Recording Academy announced nominations across all 84 categories.
Emceed by former Tony Awards host James Corden, the ceremony will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Nominations for Best Musical Theater Album follow:
Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
The Color Purple
Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
Label: Broadway Records
Kinky Boots (London cast)
Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
Label: Masterworks Broadway
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
Label: DMI Soundtracks
Kinky Boots is the first London cast album to be nominated in this category since Mamma Mia! in 2002.
Show music also dominated the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, in which Josh Groban, currently starring on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, was nominated against Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, and Willie Nelson:
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Cinema — Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan
Stages Live — Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway — Barbra Streisand
David Bowie, who made his stage debut with the musical Lazarus this year, was nominated in multiple categories for his final album, Blackstar, including Best Rock Performance, Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Engineering.
Other nominations of interest to theatre folk:
Best Pop Solo Performance - Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman
Best Traditional R&B Performance - Fantasia, Sleeping with the One I Love
Best R&B Album - Mya, Smoove Jones
Best Country Solo Performance - Carrie Underwood, Church Bells
Best American Roots Performance - Rhiannon Giddens, Factory Girl
Best Folk Album - Rhiannon Giddens, Factory Girl
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) - Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun in the Sandbox
Best Song Written for Visual Media - A group of artists including Anna Kendrick and James Corden, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!"
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals - Alan Broadbent, “I’m a Fool to Want You” (from Kristin Chenoweth’s album The Art of Elegance)
Best Album Notes - Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, Sissle and Blake Sing “Shuffle Along”
For a complete list of nominees, visit Grammy.com/Nominees.
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