On this day in 1994, the song "A Whole New World" (from Disney's animated Aladdin) was awarded three times at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. Held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the evening was hosted by Gary Shandling.
Song of the Year went to songwriters Alan Menken and Tim Rice. "A Whole New World" went up against Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," Jim Steinman's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," Sting's "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You," and Billy Joel's "The River Of Dreams."
"A Whole New World" sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle won for Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocal. Their competition included Celine Dion & Clive Griffin ("When I Fall in Love"), R.E.M. ("Man On The Moon"), Barbara Streisand & Michael Crawford ("The Music Of The Night"), and Vanessa Williams & Brian McKnight ("Love Is").
Menken and Rice's tune was also awarded for Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Also nominated in this category was "Friend Like Me" (by Menken & Howard Ashman), "I Don't Wanna Fight" (by Steve DuBerry, Lulu Lawrie & Bill Lawrie), "I Have Nothing" (by David Foster & Linda Thompson), and "Run To You" (by Allan Rich & Jud Friedman).
"A Whole New World" is a ballad between the characters Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. The single Grammy-winning version as performed by Bryson and Belle can be heard over Aladdin's ending credits. The version heard during the film is performed by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga (the singing voices of Aladdin and Jasmine).
Prior to the Grammy Awards, "A Whole New World" had already won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award each for Best Original Song.
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