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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    To be clear, the CD for a Broadway musical is called a cast recording. Soundtracks are only used for Film/TV because they sound exactly the same beat for beat. You cannot call the Dear Evan Hansen CD a soundtrack because Dear Evan Hansen is not a movie, yet.

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    Shocked Great Comet, Falsettos and Dreamgirls were snubbed.

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    I was away at work all day and didn’t have the time to comment, but I’ll say I’m shocked there’s only three nominees instead of five, but the three are all ones I predicted. I suspect Dear Evan Hansen easily wins this.

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    Seriously? Why is everyone writing off Hello, Dolly!? I think that might have a shot of winning. It has three-time Grammy winner Bette Midler listed as a principal soloist. About six other times out of the last 18 years, the award went to the cast recording that happened to have major involvement from a previous Grammy winner as their secret weapon. They’ve included…

    Aida-Original music composed by Elton John.
    Jersey Boys-It utilized the songs of the Four Seasons.
    American Idiot-It utilized the songs of Green Day.
    Kinky Boots-Original score written by Cyndi Lauper.
    Beautiful-It utilized the songs of Carole King.
    The Color Purple-It had Jennifer Hudson listed as a principal soloist.

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    Alex Meyer
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    I’m predicting Dear Evan Hansen to win because it’s cemented itself in pop culture in a way most people, including myself, weren’t predicting it to.

    Plus, more often than not, this goes to the Tony winner for Best Musical or Best Revival Of A Musical.

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    Plus, more often than not, this goes to the Tony winner for Best Musical or Best Revival Of A Musical.

    Which is further evidence why Dear Evan Hansen and Hello, Dolly! both have a good shot at this.

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    True, but Dear Evan Hansen seems to have this zeitgeist that I think Grammy voters will find impossible to resist.

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    The three nominees are:

    Come From Away
    Dear Evan Hansen
    Hello, Dolly!

    I am predicting Dear Evan Hansen will prevail for the Grammy win.

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    As cutting edge as DEH may be, I find it difficult to imagine Grammy voters declining the opportunity to honor Bette Midler’s triumph.

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    If they spend two seconds actually listening, they will. Rarely has there been such a disparity between energy in the theater and energy on a recording as there is with Dolly.

    Now, whether they actually do listen or not remains to be seen.

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    There is also the question of whether or not voters have even seen the shows. If they haven’t, they could just be basing their votes strictly on the CDs themselves.

    And while I know that several people weren’t the biggest fans of the new cast recording of Hello, Dolly!, I listen to it a lot, and is still such a joyful experience for me.

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    Alex Meyer
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    I thought the whole point of this category was the quality of the cast recordings, not the actual stage shows.

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    It’s interesting to note that the original Carol Channing cast album for Dolly lost to Funny Girl.

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    That’s already been mentioned, but I don’t think that’s going to sway Grammy voters away from Dear Evan Hansen.

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    adamunc
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    Yeah, I think Evan’s success on the stage, its timeliness, the star making performance of Ben Platt and the overall quality of the recording will carry the day.

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