Grease and the Grammys: The Philadelphia Connection

Philadelphia is not just about Rocky and Cheesesteaks.  Our city is filled with talent and many famous musicians got their start right here. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will premiere on CBS at 8pm on Monday February 15th, 2016 and in honor of that here are some famous artists, and their Grammy nods, who hail from the City of Brotherly Love.

PattiLaBellePatti LaBelle
1993 Best R&B Vocal Performance Winner
1998 Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2003 Inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame

WillSmithWill Smith
1988 Best Rap Performance Winner
1992 Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Winner
1998 Best Rap Solo Winner
1999 Best Rap Solo Winner

The RootsThe Roots
1999 Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Winner
2010 Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2010 Best R&B Album Winner

Needless to say Philadelphia is churning out some real long-lasting talent but what about other types of musical prowess? If you are a fan of the movie musical then chances are you watched the premier of Grease Live, the latest in a string of made for TV musicals.  Did you happen to catch the Philadelphia Grease connection??

In the original movie Grease Philadelphia native Frankie Avalon performed “Beauty School Dropout” to a sad and disheartened Frenchie.

In the latest version, Grease Live, another group of famous Philadelphians took on that role.

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2016-03-13T21:16:57+00:00 February 9th, 2016|

2 Comments

  1. Sara February 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Our city is filled with talent and many famous musicians got there start right here. – Their*

    • Lauren Rooney March 13, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Fixed. Thanks for catching that!

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