Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album: Is ‘Hamilton’ unbeatable on the way to Tonys?

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By far the most talked about Broadway show of the last year — of the last several years, really — is "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop history about American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Months before Tony nominations are even announced it's hard to imagine any other show taking Best Musical, but it could already be a winner by the time those Broadway kudos come around. It's nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammys, where it faces four of last year's Tony-winning shows.

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Miranda is already a Grammy-winner in this category, for "In the Heights" (2008). This year, if "Hamilton" prevails, he'll share the prize with fellow principal soloists Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff (of "Looking" and "Glee" fame), Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Phillipa Soo.

But to win, "Hamilton" will have to get past the reigning Tony champ for Best Musical, "Fun Home," based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel about her complex family and coming of age as a lesbian. Its principal soloists are Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs, all of whom earned Tony nominations, with Cerveris winning Best Actor in a Musical.

Also nominated is one of "Fun Home's" Best Musical rivals last year, the comedy "Something Rotten" about a pair of brothers in 1595 trying to compete with the success of William Shakespeare. Its principal soloists are Heidi Blickenstaff, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Brian d'Arcy James, Brad Oscar and Kate Reinders. Borle won Best Featured Actor in a Musical at the Tonys, while d'Arcy James and Oscar also earned nominations.

A third Best Musical contender from 2015 competes: "An American in Paris," which includes the songs of George and Ira Gershwin and features principal soloists Leanne Cope, Max von Essen, Robert Fairchild, Jill Paice and Brandon Uranowitz. Cope, von Esen, Fairchild and Uranowitz earned Tony nominations.

Rounding out the category is the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I," whose latest Broadway staging won Best Musical Revival last year; it's the only revival in this race. The album features principal soloists Ruthie Ann Miles, Kelli O'Hara, Ashley Park, Conrad Ricamora and Ken Watanabe. Of those, Miles and O'Hara won Tonys and Watanabe earned a nomination.

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