Will Lin-Manuel Miranda finally win the honor of an EGOT?
Lin-Manuel Miranda is by all measures one of the most talented entertainers in the world. With a smash-hit Broadway musical that redefined the genre (Hamilton), he won both public and critical acclaim following up his impressive musical In the Heights which also went on to become a critically-successful film. Miranda followed up Hamilton with an impressive soundtrack to Disney’s Moana which was nominated at the time for Best Original Song in 2016 with “How Far I’ll Go.” Most thought it would win, but it fell short as the wave of La La Land acclaim swept through the Oscars that year.
But now, talk once again favors Miranda winning the last award needed to be designated an EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). He would also be only one of three to win a PEGOT (includes a Pulitzer Prize which he won for Hamilton). With his most current soundtrack sweeping the “airwaves” (do we still call it that in the digital age?), Encanto is sitting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart for the third time. The most popular song from that soundtrack “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is also #1 on the Hot 100 chart and is only the second Disney song to achieve that accolade – the first NOT from Frozen but “A Whole New World” from Aladdin back in 1993.
Interestingly, it’s not for either this song or the current #9 hit “Surface Pressure” which is nominated for the honor, but for the amazing “Dos Oruguitas” (currently at #36). Honestly, “Dos Oruguitas” is one of the best songs on the soundtrack and deserves the honor. Currently, it’s one of SEVEN songs currently on the Hot 100 chart along with “The Family Madrigal” (#20), “What Else Can I Do?” (#27), “Waiting On a Miracle” (#48), and “All of You” (#82).
Hopefully, voters this year will give Miranda this final accolade he very much deserves! If you haven’t seen Encanto for yourself, you can stream it on Disney+ right now! It’s worth watching – even just for the music, not to mention the incredible animation. You can also purchase the soundtrack on any streaming platform. You can stream it for free with Amazon Prime or purchase it on MP3, CD, or vinyl.
Title: Encanto Soundtrack
Artist: Stephanie Beatriz and the cast of Encanto
Songs and Score: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Germaine Franco
Cost: MP3 – $7.99; CD – $10.49; Vinyl – $17.99
Publisher: Walt Disney Records