Lady Antebellum Grabs Tony Award Nomination for “SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical”

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Over their 10-year career, Lady Antebellum has received CMA Awards, ACM Awards and Grammy Awards, but now the country trio could add a Tony Award to their list of accomplishments.

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood have been nominated for their first-ever Tony Award, which recognizes excellence in live Broadway theater. Nominated for Best Original Score, “Chop to the Top,” appears in the Spongebob Squarepants musical which opened on Broadway in December.

“The Spongebob musical opportunity kind of came about randomly. We got approached if we could write a song for it and they gave us the scene and kind of a direction. We wrote the song called ‘Chop to the Top’ and it was funny, we didn’t hear much about it for so many years,” said Charles. “Those musicals must take forever to put together, because we were like, ‘Well, I guess it fell through,’ and all of a sudden, years later it resurfaced that it’s coming out. So, I can’t wait to see it. It’ll be fun to take the kids.”

The trio has some stiff competition facing off against “Mean Girls,” “Frozen,” “Angels in America,” and “The Band’s Visit.”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

  • Angels in America, Adrian Sutton
  • The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek
  • Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Mean Girls, Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and Domani & Lil’C

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, at 8pm ET on June 10th.