Exploring The Musical Theater, Visual Media Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the Musical Theater and Music For Visual Media Fields for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Zooey Deschanel
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    Ryan Shore
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    Daft Punk
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    Clint Mansell
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    Diane Warren
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    Christina Aguilera
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    Alexandre Desplat
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    Seth MacFarlane
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    Alan Menken and Glenn Slater
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    Zac Brown
January 27, 2012 -- 12:40 pm PST

(For a complete list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Musical Theater and Music For Visual Media Fields for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The original Broadway cast recording of one of Broadway's hottest new shows, "The Book Of Mormon," is nominated in the Musical Theater Field, alongside cast recordings from revivals of two classic shows, "Anything Goes" and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." All three shows earned wins at the 2011 Tony Awards in June. "The Book Of Mormon" emerged as the top winner, garnering nine awards, including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre. In the Music For Visual Media Field, two movie musicals, the live-action Burlesque and the animated Tangled, lead the field with two nominations each.

Best Musical Theater Album

Sutton Foster, who won a Tony Award for her performance, and Joel Grey are the artists nominated in the latest revival of "Anything Goes." The Cole Porter musical first opened on Broadway in 1934, with Ethel Merman as lead. (Porter's original title song was voted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame this year. Merman's rendition of "You're The Top," also from the show, was inducted in 2008.) Porter, who died in 1964, was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1989. "The Book Of Mormon" opened on Broadway in March 2011, with Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells as the leads. The score was co-written by Robert Lopez — who won a Tony for his work on "Avenue Q" — and Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the TV show "South Park." John Larroquette, who won a Tony for his performance, and Daniel Radcliffe star in the latest revival of "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." The Frank Loesser show first opened on Broadway in 1961 with Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee in the key roles. The cast recording from that show won a GRAMMY for Best Original Cast Show Album.

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Three of the five nominated soundtracks are drawn from TV series: "True Blood," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Glee." This is the third consecutive year that a "True Blood" soundtrack has been nominated in this category. This year's nomination is for True Blood: Volume 3. This is the second year in a row that a "Glee" soundtrack has been a finalist. This year's nomination is for Glee: The Music, Volume 4. Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 was produced by Stewart Lerman, Randall Poster and Kevin Weaver. The other two nominated soundtracks are from the movies Burlesque and Tangled. The Burlesque soundtrack consists of eight tracks by Christina Aguilera and two by her co-star Cher. Should Burlesque win, it will mark a fifth GRAMMY for Aguilera. Tangled was produced by 10-time GRAMMY winner Alan Menken and features tracks by Mandy Moore and Grace Potter.

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Alexandre Desplat earned two of the five nominations for The King's Speech and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2. The latter album is vying to become the first Harry Potter soundtrack to win a GRAMMY. Daft Punk, who won two GRAMMYs in the Dance/Electronica Field in 2008, are nominated for Tron Legacy. The other nominees are Clint Mansell for Black Swan and Ryan Shore for The Shrine.

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Diane Warren has two of the six nominations in this category: "Born To Be Somebody" (from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) and "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" (from Burlesque). Warren won her only GRAMMY to date in this category for 1996's "Because You Loved Me" (theme from Up Close & Personal). Cher performs "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" in Burlesque. "Christmastime Is Killing Us" (from "Family Guy") is vying to become only the second song from a TV series to win in this category. "Boss Of Me" (from "Malcolm In The Middle") won in 2001. Seth MacFarlane, who created "Family Guy," co-wrote "Christmastime Is Killing Us" with Ron Jones and Danny Smith. (The versatile MacFarlane is also nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Music Is Better Than Words.) Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are nominated for "I See The Light" (from Tangled). Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi perform the song on the movie soundtrack. Two-time GRAMMY winner Zac Brown is nominated for co-writing "Where The River Flows" (from Footloose), which he performs on the soundtrack to the reboot of the 1984 film. Brown co-wrote the song with Wyatt Durrette, Drew Pearson and Anne Preven. Rounding out the field is "So Long" (from Winnie The Pooh). Zooey Deschanel wrote the song, which she performs with her She & Him partner, M. Ward.

Who will take home awards in the Musical Theater and Music For Visual Media Fields? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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