Ben Platt performs at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards in 2020
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Ben Platt Named Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2020 Man Of The Year
Multi-hyphenate Ben Platt is adding another entry to his already-extensive résumé. The GRAMMY-, Tony- and Emmy-winning actor, singer and songwriter has been named Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2020 Man Of The Year.
The annual award, presented by the university's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S., recognizes "performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment," according to a press release announcing this year's honorees. (The organization also announced TV and film actress, director, writer and producer Elizabeth Banks as the 2020 Woman Of The Year.)
Previous winners of the Man Of The Year award include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, 10-time GRAMMY winner Justin Timberlake, Robin Williams and others. Platt's win now makes him the youngest recipient of the honor—he's 26—in the award's 54-year history.
Platt is widely known for his starring roles across film, TV and theater. He is currently the star and executive producer of "The Politician," the new Netflix series from Ryan Murphy, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance By An Actor in the TV category this year. He's also starred in the Pitch Perfect musical film franchise, in addition to roles in Ricki And The Flash, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Drunk Parents and other films.
In 2017, Platt won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor In A Musical for his starring role in "Dear Evan Hansen." The cast recording of the musical would go on to win a GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, held in 2018, marking Platt's first and only golden gramophone—so far.
On the music front, Platt released his 2019 debut album, Sing To Me Instead, which became a Top 20 hit on the Billboard 200 chart.
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals award follows a stellar performance from Platt at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last month, where he joined Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr., Common, Cyndi Lauper and others in a special performance of "I Sing The Body Electric" from the film Fame in a tribute to GRAMMY executive producer Ken Ehrlich.