If Grammy viewers didn’t know who Alexander Hamilton was before Monday night’s show, they certainly do now. Google Trends tweeted that searches for “Who is Alexander Hamilton?” spiked four times the normal rate, thanks to the 58th Grammy Awards, during which the Hamilton cast performed live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City and took home the award for Best Musical Album.
The performance of opening number “Alexander Hamilton” marked the first time a Broadway show was broadcast live during the Grammys via satellite. The song uses spoken and sung verses to set up the show, which tells the lesser-known story of founding father and first treasury secretary’s life. Minutes after the groundbreaking performance, star and music and lyrics composer Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the award with a clever rap.
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Miranda has partnered with Grand Central Publishing to put together Hamilton: The Revolution, set for release on April 12. The book will include complete lyrics with annotations from Miranda. PBS will also air a documentary with a mix of content from the Broadway show and historical footage in the fall. The book and documentary might be fans’ best shot at experiencing the historical hip-hop musical: Now that Grammy viewers nationwide have had a preview, tickets to Hamilton will likely be even more difficult to obtain.