GRAMMY winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton” will perform a number from the GRAMMY-nominated musical on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, directly from the legendary Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. The performance will usher Broadway back to the GRAMMY stage and mark only the fourth time the GRAMMY telecast has featured a performance live via satellite.
The “Hamilton” performance will be the eighth time in history musical theater has been featured on the GRAMMY Awards. Previous Broadway productions featured on the telecast are “Godspell” (1972); “The Magic Show” (1975); “Sophisticated Ladies” (1982); “La Cage Aux Folles” (1984); “Will Rogers Follies” (1992); “Riverdance” and “Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk” (1997); and “American Idiot” (2010).
“Melding contemporary hip-hop into a musical set in the year 1776, ‘Hamilton’ reimagines the traditional musical in a unique and extraordinary way that has brought Broadway — and our nation’s history — to new audiences,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “With the GRAMMY Awards on a Monday this year, we have a wonderful opportunity to highlight this important musical art form on an even bigger stage for our millions of viewers worldwide to experience.”
“The ‘Hamilton’ cast and crew are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this year’s GRAMMY Awards,” said Miranda, “Hamilton” creator, writer and lead performer. “The music community’s response to our cast album has been overwhelming, and we’re honored to be a part of such a special night. To perform from our home at the Richard Rodgers Theatre is a dream come true.”
Current nominees for Best Musical Theater Album from the Original Broadway Cast recording of “Hamilton” include: principal soloists Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo; producers Alex Lacamoire, Miranda, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson, and Tarik Trotter; and Miranda as a principal soloist, composer and lyricist.
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J will host Music’s Biggest Night for the fifth consecutive year.
Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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