This summer has been good to singer-songwriter-actress Sara Bareilles, who hosted the Tony Awards with Josh Groban in June and then earned an Emmy nomination for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in July. But as she sang at the Tonys with Groban, she has never actually won a major industry award. It’s been a while since her last new album, but on August 22 she revealed on Twitter that she’s working on a new album (see the tweet at the bottom of this post), so maybe her absence will have made Grammy hearts grow fonder.
Bareilles’s breakthrough was as a recording artist. Her single “Love Song” earned her a pair of Grammy noms in 2009: Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal. Then in 2011 she returned to the Female Pop Vocal race with her song “King of Anything.” In 2014 she earned yet another bid for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Brave,” and that year she also achieved a surprise nom for Album of the Year for “The Blessed Unrest,” her third major-label album. But still she didn’t win in any category.
After that Bareilles was Broadway-bound, writing the original score for “Waitress,” which was adapted from the 2007 indie film about the title character, a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and a dead-end job. She earned a Tony nomination for her score in 2016, and in any other year a hit show like “Waitress” might have made her the top contender, but she had the misfortune of going up against “Hamilton.” There was no stopping Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s musical juggernaut that year.
“Waitress” also earned Bareilles her sixth and most recent Grammy nomination: Best Musical Theater Album. The good news there was that “Hamilton” was out of the way (it had won the award the previous year), but Bareilles was done in by “The Color Purple,” featuring the powerhouse vocals of Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and past Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson.
This summer Bareilles earned a surprise Emmy nom for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for playing Mary Magdelene in NBC’s live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” It’s her first Emmy nom, but it might not be her last. Whether or not she wins for “Superstar” in September, she’ll have another chance next year for hosting the Tonys telecast. If this summer’s ceremony wins Best Variety Special (Live) in 2019, both she and Groban will go along for the ride, just like recent Tonys hosts Sean Hayes, Neil Patrick Harris and James Corden.
Then if she finally wins Grammy for her next album, she’ll already be halfway to EGOT.
happy birthday and I’m making a new album! (tadaaaaah) https://t.co/DwrluKBzAC
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 22, 2018
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