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Grammys: 'Kinky Boots,' 'Matilda' and 'Motown' are musical nominees

Grammys: 'Kinky Boots,' 'Matilda' and 'Motown' are musical nominees
Billy Porter, performing in "Kinky Boots," is among the Grammy nominees in the musical theater category for the hit Broadway musical. (Matthew Murphy / Associated Press)

Cyndi Lauper is back in the Grammy game. The pop singer-songwriter who in 1985 was named the Grammys' best new artist  received her 15th nomination on Friday for musical theater album.

Lauper wrote the music and lyrics for "Kinky Boots," one of three nominees in the musical category. Also nominated were "Matilda: The Musical" and "Motown: The Musical."

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"Kinky Boots" won best musical and best score at this year's Tony Awards. The musical is based on the small 2005 movie "Kinky Boots," about a shoe factory owner who meets an outsized entertainer.

"Matilda" is based on the popular Roald Dahl children's novel.

"Motown" tells the life story of the Detroit music company's founder, Berry Gordy. Although the jukebox musical is packed with Motown hits, the show has a few new songs.

The musical theater Grammy is shared by principal vocalists and the album producers as well as the lyricists and composers of a new score.

Here are the musical theater nominees:

"Kinky Boots," Billy Porter & Stark Sands, principal soloists; Sammy James Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers; Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Stark Sands, Billy Porter & Others) [Masterworks Broadway]

"Matilda: The Musical," Bertie Carvel, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, Miley Shapiro & Lauren Ward, principal soloists; Michael Croiter, Van Dean & Chris Nightingale, producers; Tim Minchin, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast) [Broadway Records / Yellow Sound Label]

"Motown The Musical," Brandon Victor Dixon & Valisia Lakae, principal soloists; Frank Filipetti & Ethan Popp, producers (Robert Bateman, Al Cleveland, Georgia Dobbins, Lamont Dozier, Wiliam Garrett, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Freddie Gorman, Cornelius Grant, Brian Holland, Ivy Jo Hunter, Michael Lovesmith, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, William Stevenson, Norman Whitfield & Stevie Wonder, composers; Nickolas Ashford, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Lula Mae Hardaway, Edward Holland Jr., Michael Lovesmith, Deke Richards, William Robinson, Barrett Strong, Ronald White, Stevie Wonder & Syreeta Wright, lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast With Brandon Victor Dixon, Valisia LeKae, Charl Brown, Bryan Terrell Clark, & Others) [Universal Music Enterprises]

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