Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars in February, but if all goes well for him at the Grammys next month, the Oscar will be the last prize he needs to finish his EGOT.
Only 12 people in history have won the grand slam of showbiz awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). Harris is already halfway there, with Emmys for guest starring on “Glee” and hosting the Tony Awards, and then his own Tony for starring in the rock musical revival “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in 2014.
Now he may also win a Grammy for “Hedwig.” He’s one of the principal soloists on the cast recording, which is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album, and the show’s strong performance at the Tonys could even help it here: it won Best Musical Revival, and seven of the last 10 Grammy-winners had a corresponding best-show victory at the Tonys.
But “Hedwig” could face a tough battle against “Beautiful,” in which fellow Tony-champ Jessie Mueller performs the music of Carole King. “Beautiful” didn’t win Best Musical at the Tonys, but King is a Grammys legend, winning four awards including Album of the Year in 1971 for her classic record “Tapestry.” Other shows by and about popular music stars have won in recent years, like “American Idiot” (by Green Day), “Jersey Boys,” and “Aida” (by Elton John).
Both must contend against “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” The comic murder mystery beat “Beautiful” for the Best Musical Tony, and other broad comedy shows have won the Grammy before, like “The Book of Mormon,” “Spamalot,” and “The Producers.”
The Disney musical “Aladdin” is also in the running, with a cast recording featuring Tony-winner James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie. The last Disney stage adaptation to win this race was “The Lion King” in 1998.
Rounding out the category is a San Francisco Symphony recording of “West Side Story” featuring Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber.
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