So the full list of Grammy nominations has gone out and this year three shows received nods for their cast recordings.
Only three recordings received nods, despite there usually being five in most categories. The nominees are:
- Anything Goes (Ghostlight Records): Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, principal soloists; Rob Fisher, James Lowe & Joel Moss, producers
- The Book of Mormon (Ghostlight Records): Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells, principal soloists; Anne Garefino, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Trey Parker, Scott Rudin & Matt Stone, producers; Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Stone, composers/lyricists
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Decca): John Larroquette & Daniel Radcliffe, principal soloists; Robert Sher, producer
In the case of a cast album, a lot of people ask how they determine who actually gets the award. After all, there are A LOT of people involved with creating the cast recording – especially if consider the entire chorus. According to the nomination list, the Grammy goes to “to the principal vocalist(s) and the album producers(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time on the album.” That’s why you see the official nominees for the shows include Sutton Foster, Andrew Rannells, and Daniel Radcliffe.
On a separate note – Harry Connick Jr. received a nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for his 2010 Broadway concert. Connick is currently starring on Broadway in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.