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BREAKING: HAMILTON Cast to Perform Live at the Grammy Awards via Satellite!

The cast of Broadway's hit musical HAMILTON gathered together in the video below to announce that they will be performing via satellite at the 2016 GRAMMY AWARDS! Exclaimed various cast members: "Don't miss Broadway's Hamilton cast, nominated for best Musical Theater Album, perform live, right here in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, on THE GRAMMYS on CBS."

The performance will mark one of only four times that the GRAMMY telecast has featured a performance live via satellite. The last time the awards telecast included a performance from another location was when Amy Winehouse performed "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab" in London during the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2008, the same year Winehouse earned her five GRAMMYs. The Grammy Awards will air live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Commented HAMILTON star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda of the news, "We're going to do the opening number, SCREAM with joy, and then celebrate the fact that we were just on the Grammys. Best night ever." He continues, "The music community's response to our cast album has been overwhelming, and we're honored to be a part of such a special night. To perform from our home at the Richard Rodgers Theatre is a dream come true."

Reflecting on his fondest memories of past Grammy Award performances he shares, "I think of Elton John and Eminem, Ricky Martin basically ushering in an ERA with his Cup of Life performance and Jennifer Hudson's incredible Whitney Houston tribute. It's an honor to be a part of this amazing legacy."

Adds HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller, "We've never done any live performances in front of a televised audience. It's always been important for us to perform in context. Once (Grammy executives) said, 'We'll come to you,' we knew it would work." He continues, "Our friends at Atlantic have lobbied the folks at THE GRAMMYS since day one."

The "Hamilton" performance will be the eighth time in history that musical theater has been featured on the GRAMMY Awards. Previous Broadway productions featured on the telecast include "Godspell" (1972); "The Magic Show" (1975); "Sophisticated Ladies" (1982); "La Cage Aux Folles" (1984); "Will Rogers Follies" (1992); "Riverdance" and "Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk" (1997); and, most recently, "American Idiot" (2010).

Lin-Manuel Miranda shares GRAMMY news on Twitter:

Good morning guys.
We will see you on the Grammys live! Gulp!https://t.co/tuMVQmPFoT

- Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 3, 2016

"Melding contemporary hip-hop into a musical set in the year 1776, 'Hamilton' reimagines the traditional musical in a unique and extraordinary way that has brought Broadway - and our nation's history - to new audiences," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "With the GRAMMY Awards on a Monday this year, we have a wonderful opportunity to highlight this important musical art form on an even bigger stage for our millions of viewers worldwide to experience."

Current nominees for Best Musical Theater Album from the Original Broadway Cast recording of "Hamilton" include: principal soloists Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo; producers Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson, and Tarik Trotter; and composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda, Lacamoire, and Sherman are previous winners in this category for "In The Heights" (2008).

Previously announced performers include Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt,Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to host Music's Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year.

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

About HAMILTON: The new musical Hamilton has book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composerLin-Manuel Miranda, who also plays the title role. The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Hamilton is inspired by Ron Chernow's biography "Alexander Hamilton."

The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs(Marquis De Lafayette,Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler),Christopher Jackson (George Washington),Jonathan Groff (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan(Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr),Anthony Ramos(John Laurens, Philip Hamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).Source: USA Today



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