The past several months for Neil Patrick Harris have already been phenomenal, but now he has another milestone to add to his impressive career: Grammy nominee. Harris is nominated as one of the principal soloists (along with co-star Lena Hall) for the cast album of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in the category of Best Musical Theater Album. The “Hedwig” cast album is nominated against “Aladdin,” “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” and “West Side Story.”
Should Harris win this prize at the Grammy ceremony on February 8th, he will only be an Oscar short of the treasured EGOT, the grand slam of entertainment awards comprised of the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. And he might be a long shot away from that first Academy Awards bid with his role this year in “Gone Girl.”
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Harris won his Tony Award earlier this year for Best Actor in a Musical for playing the transgender Hedwig on Broadway. Harris has also won five Emmys: four for hosting the Tony Awards (Special Class Program, 2010 and 2012 – 2014) and one for playing Bryan Ryan on “Glee” (Comedy Guest Actor, 2010).
Regardless of what happens with the actual trophies, Harris is also getting closer to a hosting EGOT. In addition to his past emcee jobs at the Emmys and Tonys, he just happens to be hosting the upcoming Oscar ceremony on February 22.
Prior to 2012, the award in this Broadway-related Grammy category would only go to the album producer as well as the composer and lyricist if at least 51% of the score was original and not previously recorded. The criterion for being nominated was then changed to include the “principal vocalist(s)” on the album. Since then, the performers who have won the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy include Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad (“The Book of Mormon,” 2012), Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti (“Once,” 2013), and Billy Porter and Stark Sands (“Kinky Boots,” 2014).
If he earns the Grammy, Harris would join 13 other artists who need an Oscar to reach the EGOT. These entertainers can be viewed in the photo gallery below.