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Broadway earns strong showing among 2023 Grammy nominees

The Grammy Awards announced the full list of nominees for the 2023 Grammy Awards on Nov. 15. Six Broadway cast recordings are up for Best Musical Theater Album. "Caroline, Or Change," "Into The Woods," "MJ The Musical," "Mr.

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The Grammy Awards announced the full list of nominees for the 2023 Grammy Awards on Nov. 15. Six Broadway cast recordings are up for Best Musical Theater Album.

“Caroline, Or Change,” “Into The Woods,” “MJ The Musical,” “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Six: Live On Opening Night” and “A Strange Loop” have all been nominated for their cast recordings.

The nominees for each album include album producers, composers and lyricists. Principal vocalists have also been nominated for five of the six nominated albums, with the exception of “Six,” which does not include principal vocalists. Grammy rules dictate an album can submit up to four principal vocalists for consideration per nomination.

In addition to the Best Musical Theater Album nominees, a slew of Broadway alumni received nods in other categories.

Anaïs Mitchell, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for “Hadestown” is nominated for Best American Roots Song for “Bright Star.” Broadway personality Randy Rainbow is nominated in the Best Comedy Album category for “A Little Brains, A Little Talent.” Renée Fleming, who most recently appeared in the 2018 revival of “Carousel,” received a nomination in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for “Voice Of Nature – The Anthropocene.”

Meanwhile, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda received multiple nominations for his work on the Disney animated film “Encanto.” His song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” is up for Best Song Written For Visual Media, while the “Encanto” album is nominated in the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media category. Miranda is also nominated in the category of Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording for his work on the audiobook version of the novel “Aristotle And Dante Dive Into The Waters Of The World.”

Also nominated in the category alongside Miranda are producer, book writer and composer-lyricist Mel Brooks for his work on “All About Me!: My Remarkable Life In Show Business By Mel Brooks,” producer and music consultant Questlove for “Music Is History” and actor Viola Davis for the narration of her memoir “Finding Me.” With a win, Davis would become an EGOT.

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the supergroup ABBA, both Broadway vets for “Mamma Mia” and “Chess,” also received multiple Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

The 2023 Grammys are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. The awards show will broadcast live on CBS and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT.

See below for the full listing of nominees in the select categories mentioned above.

Best Musical Theater Album

“Caroline, Or Change”
John Cariani, Sharon D Clarke, Caissie Levy & Samantha Williams, principal vocalists; Van Dean, Nigel Lilley, Lawrence Manchester, Elliot Scheiner & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; Tony Kushner, lyricist (New Broadway Cast)

“Into The Woods” (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)
Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller & Phillipa Soo, principal vocalists; Rob Berman & Sean Patrick Flahaven, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer & lyricist) (2022 Broadway Cast)

“MJ The Musical”
Myles Frost & Tavon Olds-Sample, principal vocalists; David Holcenberg, Derik Lee & Jason Michael Webb, producers (Original Broadway Cast)

“Mr. Saturday Night”
Shoshana Bean, Billy Crystal, Randy Graff & David Paymer, principal vocalists; Jason Robert Brown, Sean Patrick Flahaven & Jeffrey Lesser, producers; Jason Robert Brown, composer; Amanda Green, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

“Six: Live On Opening Night”
Joe Beighton, Tom Curran, Sam Featherstone, Paul Gatehouse, Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, producers; Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast)

“A Strange Loop”
Jaquel Spivey, principal vocalist; Michael Croiter, Michael R. Jackson, Charlie Rosen & Rona Siddiqui, producers; Michael R. Jackson, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Best American Roots Song

“Bright Star” — Anaïs Mitchell, songwriter (Anaïs Mitchell)

“Forever” — Sheryl Crow & Jeff Trott, songwriters (Sheryl Crow)

“High And Lonesome” — T Bone Burnett & Robert Plant, songwriters (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss)

“Just Like That” — Bonnie Raitt, songwriter (Bonnie Raitt)

“Prodigal Daughter” — Tim O’Brien & Aoife O’Donovan, songwriters (Aoife O’Donovan & Allison Russell)

“You And Me On The Rock” — Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius)

Best Song Written For Visual Media

“Be Alive” [From King Richard] — Beyoncé & Darius Scott Dixson, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Carolina” [From Where The Crawdads Sing] — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)

“Hold My Hand” [From Top Gun: Maverick] — Bloodpop® & Stefani Germanotta, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

“Keep Rising (The Woman King)” [From The Woman King] — Angélique Kidjo, Jeremy Lutito & Jessy Wilson, songwriters (Jessy Wilson Featuring Angélique Kidjo)

“Nobody Like U” [From Turning Red] — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (4*Town, Jordan Fisher, Finneas O’Connell, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo, Grayson Villanueva)

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” [From Encanto] — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Carolina Gaitán – La Gaita, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto – Cast)

Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording

Act Like You Got Some Sense — Jamie Foxx

All About Me!: My Remarkable Life In Show Business By Mel Brooks — Mel Brooks

Aristotle And Dante Dive Into The Waters Of The World — Lin-Manuel Miranda

Finding Me — Viola Davis

Music Is History — Questlove

Best Comedy Album

The Closer — Dave Chappelle

Comedy Monster — Jim Gaffigan

A Little Brains, A Little Talent — Randy Rainbow

Sorry — Louis CK

We All Scream — Patton Oswalt

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

ELVIS — (Various Artists)

Encanto — (Various Artists)

Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 (Vol 2) — (Various Artists)

Top Gun: Maverick — Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe

West Side Story — (Various Artists)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato, soloist; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor (Il Pomo D’Oro)

How Do I Find You
Sasha Cooke, soloist; Kirill Kuzmin, pianist

Okpebholo: Lord, How Come Me Here?
Will Liverman, soloist; Paul Sánchez, pianist (J’Nai Bridges & Caen Thomason-Redus)

Stranger – Works For Tenor By Nico Muhly
Nicholas Phan, soloist (Eric Jacobson; Brooklyn Rider & The Knights; Reginald Mobley)

Voice Of Nature – The Anthropocene
Renée Fleming, soloist; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist

A full list of nominees in all 91 categories can be found here.