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March 1, 1994 – Music from Disney’s Aladdin Wins Four Grammys

Aladdin (Original English Soundtrack) 1

“A whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew…”

On March 1, 1994, the 36th Grammy Awards were held in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The music from the hit feature film Aladdin, particularly the song “A Whole New World” received four out of its six nominations. Written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice, “A Whole New World” won Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (the pop ending track sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle), and Song of the Year, beating 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 Faith In You,” and Billy Joel’s “The River of Dreams.” The soundtrack was also nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s “Friend Like Me.” Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s pop version of “A Whole New World” was nominated for Record of the Year, but lost to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”


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