The new live-action remake of Beauty And The Beast is now in theaters nationwide. The reboot has big shoes to fill as the original 1991 Disney film was an undeniable blockbuster, earning more than $425 million at the box office worldwide. The original film's music, composed by 11-time GRAMMY winner Alan Menken, garnered acclaim and multiple accolades, including GRAMMY and Oscar recognition.
As a new generation is reintroduced to a Disney classic, here are three GRAMMY facts about the 1991 Beauty And The Beast soundtrack:
The Beauty And The Beast soundtrack won four GRAMMYs
The film's 15-song soundtrack garnered an impressive total of seven GRAMMY nominations at the 35th GRAMMY Awards for 1992. It ended up netting four awards: Best Album For Children, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television for Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion's "Beauty And The Beast" duet, and Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television for the instrumental version of "Beauty And The Beast."
Beauty And The Beast became the first animated film soundtrack to score an Album Of The Year nomination
While soundtracks to films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977), Flashdance (1983) and Purple Rain (1984), among others, had previously earned Album Of The Year GRAMMY nominations, the soundtrack for Beauty And The Beast marked the first time — and only time to date — an animated film soundtrack received a nomination in the category. Which album ended up winning the award for 1992? Eric Clapton's Unplugged.
The soundtrack's title track earned Celine Dion her first GRAMMY win
Just two years following the release of her first album in English, Dion won her first GRAMMY for 1992 for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for her ironically romantic duet of "Beauty And The Beast" with Bryson. "Perhaps the one duet that gave my career the biggest boost in the early days was singing 'Beauty And The Beast' with Peabo Bryson," said Dion. "While there was a definite contrast between our voices in our solo parts, when we sang together, our voices became one. This is the true magic that comes with singing duets." The golden-voiced Canadian has won five GRAMMYs to date, including Record Of The Year for another film song: "My Heart Will Go On" from 1997's Titanic.