Daveed Diggs and the Grammy-winning Broadway cast of Hamilton.
Daveed Diggs and the Grammy-winning Broadway cast of Hamilton.
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The Broadway cast album of Hamilton has been named the winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The recording's principal soloists are composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo. They earn a share of the illustrious music award alongside producers Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson, and Tarik Trotter, and Miranda as composer and lyricist.

This marks Miranda's second Grammy Award, following his 2009 win as composer for the In the Heights Broadway cast album. His competitors this year were the cast albums for An American in Paris, Fun Home, The King and I, and Something Rotten!

Directed by Thomas Kail and inspired by Ron Chernow's biography Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton explores the life of the American founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury, as well as his experiences as an orphan of the British West Indies who immigrated to the 13 Colonies and helped shape the United States of America.

It began Broadway previews July 13, 2015, and opened August 6, 2015, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre after an earlier run at the Public Theater, which earned the musical a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.

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