Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album

The Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album has been awarded since 1959. The award is generally given to the album producer, principal vocalist(s), and the composer and lyricist if they have written a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

Process

Over the years, the qualifications for the individual nominees has fluctuated with principal artists, composers, and producers at one point being the sole eligible nominee, to the current (as of the 63rd Grammy Awards) standard which is as follows: "Award goes to the Album Producer(s) and Principal Vocalist(s) with significant contributing performance. The Lyricist(s) and Composer(s) of at least 51% of a new score are eligible for an award if they have written and/or composed a new score that comprises 51% or more playing time of the album. As many as four Principal Vocalist(s) may be awarded. If the winning recording is an "ensemble-driven" piece with no principal vocalist(s), the members of the ensemble may receive a Winners Certificate.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for music released in the previous year.

Name changes

This award has had several minor name changes:

  • In 1959 the award was known as Best Original Cast Album (Broadway or TV)
  • In 1960 it was awarded as Best Broadway Show Album
  • In 1961 it was awarded as Best Show Album (Original Cast)
  • From 1962 to 1963 it was awarded as Best Original Cast Show Album
  • From 1964 to 1973 it was awarded as Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album
  • From 1974 to 1975 it was awarded as Best Score From the Original Cast Show Album
  • From 1976 to 1986 it was awarded as Best Cast Show Album
  • From 1987 to 1991 it was awarded as Best Musical Cast Show Album
  • From 1992 to 2011 it was awarded as Best Musical Show Album
  • From 2012 it has been known as Best Musical Theater Album.

Winner and nominees

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2020s

Shows with multiple wins and nominations

Shows with multiple wins

2 wins:

Shows with multiple nominations

4 nominations

  • Gypsy
  • West Side Story

3 nominations:

2 nominations:

Individuals with multiple wins

6 wins:

5 wins:

3 wins:

2 wins:

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