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Billie Joe Armstrong, Stephen Sondheim among Grammy nominees for musical show

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The nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday evening. Amid the more than 100 categories covering almost every imaginable field of recording, there is exactly one devoted to theatrical musicals.

This year’s nominees in the musical show category featured the usual smattering of high-profile Broadway cast albums. Billie Joe Armstrong and the band Green Day received a nomination for the score to Broadway’s ‘American Idiot.’ Joining him in the category is Stephen Sondheim, who is competing against himself with two shows -- ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ and the recent revival of ‘A Little Night Music.’ Rounding out the nominees are the recordings for ‘Fela!’ and ‘Promises, Promises.’

The Grammy for musical show is awarded to the producers, composers and lyricists of the majority of the music for the winning show.

Green Day is no stranger to the Grammys and neither is ‘American Idiot,’ technically speaking. The jukebox musical uses songs from Green Day’s albums ‘American Idiot’ and ‘21st Century Breakdown,’ both of which won Grammy awards in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

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Armstrong will join the cast of the Broadway show for 50 performances starting Jan. 1. He performed in the show for a week in late September and early October.

Sondheim was recognized at last year’s Grammy Awards when the album for the revival of ‘West Side Story’ won in the musical-show category.

The 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place Feb. 13 at the Staples Center in downtown L.A., with a televised broadcast on CBS.

-- David Ng

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