Saluting GRAMMY And Tony Winners

View a list of the individuals who have won a GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album and a Tony for their work on the same show

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The GRAMMYs have had a category for original cast albums every year since the inception of the awards in 1958. The category was called Best Original Cast Album (Broadway Or TV) that first year. It's now called Best Musical Theater Album.

Over the years, 40 talented individuals have won both a GRAMMY in the cast album category and one or more Tony Awards for their work on a given show. Stephen Sondheim has won both awards for his work on five different shows — "Company," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd," "Into The Woods," and "Passion." Richard Rodgers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and Stephen Oremus have each won both awards for their work on two different shows.

To get you in the mood for this year's Tony broadcast, which airs June 8 on CBS, here's a list of everyone who has won a GRAMMY in the cast album category and also received one or more Tonys for the same show.

1958: "The Music Man," Meredith Willson, composer/lyricist. As the show's composer/lyricist and co-writer of the book, Willson shared the prize when this won a Tony for Best Musical. The Beatles later included the show's wistful ballad, "Till There Was You," on Meet The Beatles!

1959: "Redhead," Gwen Verdon, principal soloist. GRAMMYs were awarded to the stars of the shows, rather than the creators, this year. That worked out well for Verdon, who tied for the GRAMMY with Ethel Merman ("Gypsy") and also won a Tony for Best Actress (Musical).

1960: "The Sound Of Music," Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist. As the show's creators and co-producers, Rodgers and Hammerstein shared in the victory when "The Sound Of Music" won for Best Musical (in a tie with "Fiorello!"). The show spawned such standards as "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "My Favorite Things."

1961: "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," Frank Loesser, composer/lyricist. As the show's creator, Loesser shared the Tony for Best Musical. The show, which also won a Pulitzer Prize, featured "I Believe In You" and "Brotherhood Of Man."

1962: "No Strings," Richard Rodgers, composer/lyricist. Rodgers won a Tony for Best Composer and also received a special Tony. The standout song from the show, "The Sweetest Sounds," received a GRAMMY nomination for Song Of The Year.

1967: "Cabaret," John Kander, composer; Fred Ebb, lyricist. The Tonys said "Willkommen" to Kander and Ebb with Tonys in the Best Musical and Best Composer and Lyricist categories.

1970: "Company," Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist. Sondheim won two Tonys: Best Lyrics (Musical) and Best Score. Elaine Stritch's performance of "The Ladies Who Lunch" is legendary.

1973: "A Little Night Music," Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist. Sondheim won a Tony for Best Score (Musical). The show's most famous song, "Send In The Clowns," won 1975's GRAMMY for Song Of The Year (after it was popularized by Judy Collins).

1975: "The Wiz," Charlie Smalls, composer/lyricist. Smalls won a Tony for Best Score (Musical). Smalls was the first African-American to win both a GRAMMY and a Tony for his work on a given show. So he didn't just "Ease On Down The Road." He helped pave it.

1977: "Annie," Charles Strouse, composer and album co-producer; Martin Charnin, lyricist. The pair won a Tony for Best Score. "Tomorrow" was ubiquitous in the late '70s. Jay Z sampled "It's The Hard-Knock Life" in the title track for his 1998 GRAMMY-winning album, Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life.

1979: "Sweeney Todd," Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist. Sondheim won a Tony for Best Score. Barbra Streisand included "Not While I'm Around" on her 1986 GRAMMY winner, The Broadway Album.

1980: "Evita," Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer and album co-producer; Tim Rice, lyricist and album co-producer. Webber and Rice won a Tony for Best Score. Rice won a second Tony for Best Book (Musical). Olivia Newton-John and Carpenters recorded "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" even before the show opened. Madonna made it a Top 10 hit in 1997.

1982: "Dreamgirls," Tom Eyen, lyricist. Eyen won a Tony for Best Book (Musical). In addition, the show's Tony-winning star, Jennifer Holliday, won a GRAMMY for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for the show-stopper "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."

1983: "Cats," Andrew Lloyd Webber, producer. Webber had been nominated in this category as a composer in 1982 for the London production of the show. Under GRAMMY rules, composers and lyricists can be nominated in those capacities only once for a specific show. Webber's nomination and win this year were for his role as producer of the Broadway cast album. Webber won a Tony for Best Score in tandem with his lyricist, legendary poet T.S. Eliot. "Memory" is among the most famous theater songs of recent decades.

1987: "Les Miserables," Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer and album co-producer; Alain Boublil, lyricist and album co-producer; Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist. All three men won a Tony for Best Score. Schönberg and Boublil won a second Tony for Best Book (Musical). Susan Boyle later had great success with the show's most famous song, "I Dreamed A Dream."

1988: "Into The Woods," Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist. Sondheim won a Tony for Score (Musical). Mandy Patinkin, among others, has recorded the show's most notable song, "Children Will Listen."

1991: "The Will Rogers Follies," Cy Coleman, composer; Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyricists. The team won a Tony for Best Score (Musical). The show featured "Never Met A Man I Didn't Like."

1993: "The Who's Tommy," Pete Townshend, composer/lyricist. The rock star won a Tony for Score (Musical) (in a tie with Kander and Ebb for "Kiss Of The Spider Woman — The Musical"). The show gave new life to such classics as "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me, Feel Me."

1994: "Passion," Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist. Sondheim won a Tony for Original Music Score.

2000: "Aida," Elton John, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist. The team won a Tony for Best Original Musical Score. John was the second British rock star to win both awards. He and LeAnn Rimes had a Top 30 hit with the show's "Written In The Stars."

2001: "The Producers," Mel Brooks, composer/lyricist. Brooks took home three Tonys: Best Musical, Best Original Musical Score and Best Book (Musical). The show included "Springtime For Hitler" and "I Wanna Be A Producer."

2002: "Hairspray," Marc Shaiman, composer/lyricist and album producer; Scott Wittman, lyricist. The team won for Best Original Musical Score. The show spawned "Good Morning Baltimore" and "You Can't Stop The Beat."

2007: "Spring Awakening," Duncan Sheik, composer and album producer; Steven Sater, lyricist. Sheik and Sater shared the Tony for Best Score (Music and/or Lyrics). In addition, each man won a second Tony on his own. Sheik won for Best Orchestrations; Sater, for Best Book of a Musical.

2008: "In The Heights," Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist and album co-producer; Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, album co-producers. Miranda won a Tony for Best Score (Music and/or Lyrics). Lacamoire and Sherman shared the award for Best Orchestrations. The show includes "Piragua," named after a Puerto Rican ice dessert.

2011: "The Book Of Mormon," Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, composers/lyricists and album co-producers; Anne Garefino, Stephen Oremus and Scott Rudin, album co-producers. Lopez, Parker and Stone won Tonys for Best Score (Music and/or Lyrics) and Best Book of a Musical. Parker won a third Tony as co-winner of Best Director (Musical). Garefino and Rudin were among the winners for Best Musical. Oremus was a co-winner for Best Orchestrations.

2012: "Once: A New Musical," Steve Kazee, principal soloist; Martin Lowe, album co-producer. Kazee won a Tony for Best Actor (Musical). Lowe won for Best Orchestrations. The show featured "Falling Slowly," which won an Oscar after it was featured in the 2006 film Once.

2013: "Kinky Boots," Cyndi Lauper, composer/lyricist and album co-producer; Billy Porter, principal soloist; Stephen Oremus, album co-producer. Lauper, who was the 1984 GRAMMY winner for Best New Artist, won a Tony for Best Score (Music and/or Lyrics). Porter won for Best Actor (Musical). Oremus won for Best Orchestrations.

* How about Lena Horne? The legendary star won a special Tony in 1981 for her one-woman show, "Lena Horne — The Lady And Her Music." The cast album from the show, subtitled Live On Broadway, won a GRAMMY for Best Cast Show Album. So why isn't she on the list? The GRAMMY went only to the album's producer, Quincy Jones, so technically she didn't meet our criteria. But, for the record, Horne did take home a GRAMMY for the album in the Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female category.

(Paul Grein, a veteran journalist and music historian, writes frequently for Yahoo Music. His Chart Watch blog runs each Wednesday.)

The Week In Music: Elton Rocks Rush
Elton John performs at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards

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The Week In Music: Elton Rocks Rush

The Rocket Man performs at talk show host Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

We're guessing he didn't play anything from his album A Single Man. According to a report, flamboyant rocker Elton John was the musical guest (for a cool fee of $1 million) at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding, this one to 33-year-old Kathryn Rogers, who is reportedly a direct descendant of President John Adams. Regarding the couple's age difference, Rogers said, "I'm sometimes not able to relate to the average person my age." It would seem the 59-year-old Limbaugh is neither her age nor the average person.

Here's a concert that went to the dogs. Performance artist Laurie Anderson staged a show outside the Sydney Opera House for an audience of canine music lovers on June 5. The show took place as part of the city's Vivid Live festival, which is being co-curated by Anderson and her husband, Lou Reed, and featured music for mutts including high-pitch squeals and even sounds only dogs could hear. Anderson called the show, which was born from a conversation with cello master Yo-Yo Ma, "a highlight of my life." For man's best friend, it may have been the best dedicated music since the Singing Dogs' version of "Jingle Bells."

If you think Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle — the four-part opera based on Teutonic and Norse mythology that can run as long as 15 hours over four nights for the full cycle — carries some pretty heavy artistic heft, you'd be right…and literally right. For a new Metropolitan Opera staging over the next two years, the Met had to install 65-foot steel girders to support the 45-ton set. This might make Wagner the biggest current heavy metal act in music. The opera is set to open Sept. 27.

Coldplay's own artistic heft just got heavier...and freakier. In 2002 guitarist Jonny Buckland and frontman Chris Martin starred as a murder-solving duo in Irish rock band Ash's self-made slasher flick, appropriately titled Slashed. Unfortunately, the project was shelved, but footage has made its way into the band's new video for "Binary." Meanwhile, Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman is steering clear of axe-wielding killer ghosts to restore Scandinavian furniture with his brother Mark. Berryman's Antiques specializes in tables, seating, cabinetry, and even a Swedish bridal chest. Customers who find their purchased antiques haunted should contact Buckland and Martin immediately.

Now you can love him tender, love him mashed, or even love him au gratin. The Elvis Presley estate has teamed with Hasbro and PPW Toys to launch an Elvis version of the classic Mr. Potato Head toy. The first release will be a Las Vegas jumpsuited Elvis, scheduled to debut during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn., in August, and will be followed by a leather-clad Elvis spud. The Elvis potato follows a Kiss version released last year.

Bon Jovi launched an impressive 12-night, sold-out residency at London's O2 Arena on June 7, marking a return to the venue they officially launched three years ago. The GRAMMY-winning New Jersey natives also recently christened their new hometown digs, New Meadowlands Stadium, with three concerts in late May. AEG Live is predicting tickets sales for the band's current tour will eclipse their 2007–2008 Lost Highway trek, which was Billboard's highest-grossing tour in 2008. Not bad for a band Rolling Stone magazine once described as a "bad fourth-generation metal, smudgy Xerox of Quiet Riot." Jon Bon Jovi's take? He recently smirked, "Like it or not, we're one of the biggest bands in the world." No word on a JBJ Mr. Potato Head, however.

Looks like international singing sensation Susan Boyle will be making a holy trip later this year. The Roman Catholic Church says Boyle will likely perform for Pope Benedict XVI at an open-air papal Mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on Sept. 16. An unidentified spokesman said negotiations are still taking place. "Likely" and "negotiations still taking place"? Could be a tour rider issue brewing…

Have the the Melvins gone commercial? The band's latest album, The Bride Screamed Murder, sold 2,809 units this past week, good enough for the bottom spot on the Billboard 200 and marking the first time the Seattle indie rock legends have placed on the album chart in their 25-plus-year career. With another 2,000 units, they would have reached the chart's upper echelon and passed the likes of Beyoncé, Eminem, Michael Jackson, Nickelback, Pink Floyd, and Timbaland. Asked for his comment on the milestone, singer/guitarist Roger "Buzz" Osborne said, "Top 200 what?"

Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, reclaimed the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as well as the top spot on the iTunes singles chart.

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Everyone's A VIP At Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Gala: From Travis Scott To Jimmy Jam To Brandi Carlile

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Everyone's A VIP At Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Gala: From Travis Scott To Jimmy Jam To Brandi Carlile

Pass through the velvet rope at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles for an exclusive look at the star-studded 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons

GRAMMYs/Feb 11, 2019 - 12:27 am

On Feb. 9, on the eve of Music's Biggest Night, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, artists from across genres and decades gathered at the glitzy Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. for the 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons.

Less than 24 hours before the big red carpet walk today, the likes of current GRAMMY nominees Ella Mai, Dua Lipa, Diplo, Shaggy, Alice Cooper and Weird Al Yankovich, and GRAMMY winners Melissa Etheridge and Quincy Jones, brought their vibrant energy and killer looks at the annual celebration hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis. Onlookers tried to spy the glam looks on the red carpet as they peered into the hotel's glass—we'll let you past the velvet rope and walk it with us as at this exclusive music industry event.

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This year's who's-who of music gala celebrated iconic industry veteran Clarence Avant, known as the Godfather Of Black Music, as the honoree of the evening. Like event host and fellow legend Davis, he helped launch the careers of many great artists, working with the likes of GRAMMY-winning greats Bill Withers, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time.

The video celebrating Avant had countless heroes such as Former President Barack Obama, Jones, Diddy and JAY-Z sharing how much they love Avant, the powerful impact he's made on their lives and music, and how he always knows the right thing to say. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow introduced him with a fitting complement, and a huge one given the company they were in: "You're the ultimate music person." The Time properly brought the funk on stage to celebrate Avant with a performance of their '80s hits "The Bird" and "Jungle Love," dancing as if no time had passed.

Current GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott set the mood opening the evening's performances with "Goosebumps" and "Sicko Mode," while sisters and fellow nominees Chloe x Halle brought home a rousing cover of the late GRAMMY-winning Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin's "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves." Brandi Carlile, another current GRAMMY nominee, returned to the stage to join the duo, along with past nominee Valerie Simpson and Broadway star Keala Settle, ending the evening on quite the high note.

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Other musical guests for the evening included current nominees Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line and H.E.R., along with past nominees Jazmine Sullivan and Ledisi, plus GRAMMY winner Rob Thomas. Sullivan and Thomas offered a powerful duet, belting out Aretha and George Michael's "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)."

As the evening rolled on, Davis made sure to highlight all the countless legends in the room, as the crowd continuously burst into applause and often up on their feet to celebrate the likes of music greats Barbara Streisand, George Clinton and Dionne Warwick, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Apple's Tim Cook and even former-L.A. Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Don't forget to tune in to the 2019 GRAMMYs live from Staples Center today. Start with the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 ET, then follow us to the red carpet at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. ET—both will be live streamed right here on right here on

Then the moment you've all been waiting for, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, hosted by 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, will air live at 5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT on CBS.

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Wild At The GRAMMYs: It's Miller Time

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

David Wild has written for the GRAMMY Awards since 2001. He is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, a blogger for Huffington Post and an Emmy-nominated TV writer. Wild's most recent book, He Is…I Say: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Neil Diamond, is now in paperback. Follow him on Twitter.

The GRAMMY Awards broadcast is the biggest show on earth — or at least the biggest show on television. At least that's the way it looks from my admittedly subjective and sweaty point of view in the GRAMMY trenches.

Think about it for just a moment: There are more moving parts on the GRAMMY show than any other television event that I can think of. See, most of the big TV events are based around actors walking out on a stage in a theater and speaking, and then showing film or video clips. Other shows may feature a number of performances, but no show features more performances than the GRAMMYs. And in search of great GRAMMY moments, performers tend to push things to the limit on the GRAMMY stage, and sometimes slightly over the limit too.

Capturing all of those moving parts on camera in an artful and appropriate way is largely the job of the person in the truck calling all the shots for the camera operators attempting to cover all the musical action — namely, the director.

For the last 29 years, my friend Walter C. Miller has directed the GRAMMY Awards television show. That's not a typo — that's a fact: 29 years. That means every great GRAMMY moment most of us remember, we remember the way Walter wanted us to remember it. I've personally been there and witnessed him take every performance seriously, from Eminem and Elton John, to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and Prince and Beyoncé. "You get to be a part of a lot of musical history on the GRAMMYs," Walter told me recently. His historic track record is remarkable for any business, but much more so in an entertainment industry where survival is more often measured in intervals of 15 minutes than 30 years.

When GRAMMY Co-Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich first brought me in to help write the GRAMMY show a decade ago, he introduced me to Walter, who immediately insulted me in some witty yet somehow warm way. Being a lifelong Don Rickles fan, I liked the guy immediately. He is super sharp with a long lifetime of stories and a singular ability to tell them with fresh wit and the sting of truth. Just between us, Walter reminded me of my father. I remember seeing another director friend after meeting Walter and asking if he knew who Walter was. "Yes, David, Walter Miller basically invented live television,” he told me.

Having Walter on the GRAMMY team has meant the world to all of us lucky enough to work with him.

"I've learned so much from Walter," says Ken Ehrlich. "Wally had been and continues to be like a brother and a father to me. It's been like Butch and Sundance, and we're always ready to yell 'St' and jump off the mountain together."

"In his 30 years with the GRAMMY Awards, Walter Miller has not only created the look for our show, but for all other music award shows too," says GRAMMY Co-Executive Producer John Cossette. "He created the template for everyone else to follow."

In recent years, I’ve been lucky enough to find myself down in Nashville working as the writer for the Country Music Association Awards, another very big and distinguished show Walter executive produced and asked me to write after we first met at the GRAMMY Awards. One Sunday afternoon, the two of us had a few hours off in Music City, and decided to go see the new George Clooney movie Good Night And Good Luck. As we left the movie theater, I stupidly said something to Walter like, "Wow, can you imagine being in TV then." Walter looked at me, and said, "David, I was."

And so he was.

This year, Walter decided it was time for him to step back from directing the show, and he's been consulting on the show instead. Another legendary TV director, Louis J. Horvitz will be in the truck calling all those camera shots, and I have no doubt he'll do a great job. "Walter is the king of live television event directors," Louis told me the other day. "He's one of the founders of the whole form."

This year, Walter is also quite rightly receiving the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustees Award. He's earned it, because every time you look at the GRAMMYs for these past 30 years, you could rest assured that the great Walter C. Miller was there.

Walter C. Miller is still here, and thank God for that — and for him. The King lives. Long Live The King.

(Click here to read Wild's other GRAMMY blog installments.)

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The last decade has welcomed more openly LGBTQIA+ artists than ever. South Korean singer Holland has led the way for queer voices in K-pop, Kim Petras has become a pop beacon for trans representation, and Lil Nas X remains one of the biggest rappers and singers in the world today. Also, legendary musicians like Lesley Gore and Chavela Vargas opened up about their queer identities later in their lives.

As LGBTQIA+ representation continues to grow across the music industry, may more artists and music fans keep living their truths and expressing themselves openly and safely.

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