"[A great song] should elicit an emotion, of happiness, or of celebration, or of sadness, or of sorrow, or of love, or of laughter."

  • Born July  22, 1949, in New Rochelle, N.Y.
     
  • Menken's breakthrough as a composer came in 1979 when he collaborated with Howard Ashman on a musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel God Bless You, Ms. Rosewater, a partnership that would lead to their next musical, "Little Shop Of Horrors." Menken eventually earned an Oscar nomination for the song "Mean Great Mother From Outer Space" from the 1986 film adaptation of Little Shop Of Horrors.
     
  • Menken won his first GRAMMY for 1990 for Best Recording For Children for his work composing the music for the 1989 Disney blockbuster The Little Mermaid.
     
  • Did you know? Menken initially pursued studies of composition for theater and film only to appease his parents.
     
  • In 2016 the film composer visited the GRAMMY Museum for an in-depth discussion of his illustrious career. 

Alan Menken

"[A great song] should elicit an emotion, of happiness, or of celebration, or of sadness, or of sorrow, or of love, or of laughter."

  • Born July  22, 1949, in New Rochelle, N.Y.
     
  • Menken's breakthrough as a composer came in 1979 when he collaborated with Howard Ashman on a musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel God Bless You, Ms. Rosewater, a partnership that would lead to their next musical, "Little Shop Of Horrors." Menken eventually earned an Oscar nomination for the song "Mean Great Mother From Outer Space" from the 1986 film adaptation of Little Shop Of Horrors.
     
  • Menken won his first GRAMMY for 1990 for Best Recording For Children for his work composing the music for the 1989 Disney blockbuster The Little Mermaid.
     
  • Did you know? Menken initially pursued studies of composition for theater and film only to appease his parents.
     
  • In 2016 the film composer visited the GRAMMY Museum for an in-depth discussion of his illustrious career. 

GRAMMY Award Results for Alan Menken

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Nominations
Best Musical Theater Album
Aladdin
 
Nominations
Best Musical Theater Album
Newsies
 
Wins
Best Song Written For Visual Media
I See The Light (From Tangled)
Nominations
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Tangled
 
Nominations
Best Musical Show Album
The Little Mermaid
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Ever Ever After
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
That's How You Know
 
Wins
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Colors Of The Wind (From Pocahontas)
Nominations
Best Musical Album For Children
Pocahontas Sing-Along (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Musical Show Album
Beauty And The Beast: A New Musical (Album)
 
Wins
Song Of The Year
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)
Best Musical Album For Children
Aladdin - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Aladdin
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) (From Aladdin)
Nominations
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Friend Like Me (From Aladdin)
 
Wins
Best Album For Children
Beauty And The Beast - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Beauty And The Beast
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Beauty And The Beast (From Beauty And The Beast)
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Beauty And The Beast (Album)
Song Of The Year
Beauty And The Beast (Single)
 
Wins
Best Recording For Children
The Little Mermaid
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Under The Sea (From The Little Mermaid)
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
The Little Mermaid - Original Motion Picture (Album)
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Kiss The Girl (The Little Mermaid)
 
Nominations
Best Cast Show Album
Little Shop Of Horrors (Album)