Grammy Awards Presented Feb. 8; Feinstein, Menken, Schwartz, Hudson Are Nominees

News   Grammy Awards Presented Feb. 8; Feinstein, Menken, Schwartz, Hudson Are Nominees
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards, the music industry's premier event, will be presented Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. CBS will broadcast the event live, 8-11:30 PM ET; check local listings.

Among those scheduled to present awards are Kate Beckinsale, a reunited Blink 182, Natalie Cole, Zooey Deschanel, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Morgan Freeman, Green Day, Dwayne Johnson, John Legend, Leona Lewis, LL Cool J, Jason Mraz, Emily Procter, LeAnn Rimes,, Simon Baker, Jack Black, Sheryl Crow, Duffy, Craig Ferguson, Al Green, Josh Groban, Charlie Haden, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Mohr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Queen Latifah and T-Pain.

Expect performances by Terence Blanchard; Neil Diamond; M.I.A.; Smokey Robinson; Robin Thicke; Allen Toussaint; Stevie Wonder; Adele; Chris Brown; Kenny Chesney; Coldplay; Estelle and Kanye West; Jennifer Hudson; Jonas Brothers; Kid Rock; Lil Wayne; Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters); Katy Perry; Robert Plant & Alison Krauss; Radiohead; Rihanna; Sugarland; Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus; T.I. and Justin Timberlake; U2; and Carrie Underwood. The evening will also feature a Four Tops Tribute featuring Duke Fakir, Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo; Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West in a special performance of "Swagga Like Us"; and a tribute to Bo Diddley featuring Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and Keith Urban.

Nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced Dec. 3. Nominees in the Best Musical Show Album category include Gypsy, In the Heights, The Little Mermaid, South Pacific and Young Frankenstein: The Musical.

Nominees in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album include Natalie Cole ("Still Unforgettable"), Michael Feinstein ("The Sinatra Project"), Josh Groban ("Noël"), Barry Manilow ("In the Swing of Christmas") and Rufus Wainwright ("Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall").

Several nominees in the soundtrack categories are also of interest to theatre fans: Nominees in the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category include "American Gangster," "August Rush," "Juno," "Mamma Mia!" and "Sweeney Todd — The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

The Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media nominees include "The Dark Knight" (James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (John Williams, composer), "Iron Man" (Ramin Djawadi, composer), "There Will Be Blood" (Jonny Greenwood, composer) and "Wall-E" (Thomas Newman, composer).

And, those nominated for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media are "Down to Earth" (from "Wall-E" by Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters; sung by Peter Gabriel), "Ever Ever After" (from "Enchanted" by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters; sung by Carrie Underwood), "Say" (from "The Bucket List" by John Mayer, songwriter; sung by John Mayer), "That's How You Know" (from "Enchanted" by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters; sung by Amy Adams) and "Walk Hard" (from "Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story" by Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly, songwriters; sung by John C. Reilly).

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, best known for her portrayal of Effie in the "Dreamgirls" film, picked up several nominations, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Spotlight"; Best R&B Album for "Jennifer Hudson"; and Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals for "I'm His Only Woman"; the latter features a duet with Hudson and "American Idol" winner and The Color Purple star Fantasia. "Spotlight" was also nominated for Best R&B Song for its writers, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shaffer Smith.

The recording of "Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny," which features multiple Tony winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, also picked up nominations for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording.

For a complete list of Grammy nominees, visit


Details of the nominees in the Best Musical Show Album category follow:

Robert Sher, producer (Jule Styne, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (2008 Broadway Cast with Patti LuPone & others)
[Time Life]

In the Heights
Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda and others)
[Razor & Tie Entertainment/Ghostlight Records]

The Little Mermaid
Bruce Botnick, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers; Alan Menken, composer; Glenn Slater, lyricist (Howard Ashman, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast with Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess & others)
[Walt Disney Records]

South Pacific
David Caddick, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot & Others)
[Masterworks Broadway]

Young Frankenstein; The Musical
Doug Besterman, producer; Mel Brooks, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast with Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster & others)
[Decca Broadway]

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