With 106 songs on the Billboard charts, platinum albums and a sold out world tour, “Glee” is a force. Yes, 106 songs from the “Glee” cast have landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And yes, the cast’s five albums have reached platinum or gold status. And yes, the stars of the show performed on a sold-out tour.
And yes, they can actually sing. But could the “Glee” cast win a Grammy? Well, maybe so.
At Sunday’s award show, the cast of “Glee” will compete for two awards. The first isn’t a surprise: Their first album, “Glee: The Music, Volume 1,” is up for best compilation soundtrack album for motion picture, television or other visual media. The competition includes TV series “True Blood” and “Treme,” and films “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Crazy Heart.”
The cast’s second nomination, though, is where the real contest is. They’re up for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for their rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.’” The song peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart and is the cast’s best-seller and highest-charter. “Don’t Stop Believin’” will battle it out with hits from Maroon 5, Paramore, Sade and Train, who’s up for a live version of the smash “Hey, Soul Sister.”
The nomination for the cast of “Glee” brings up the question: Is this a real band or musical group outside of its hit TV show, which recently picked up three Golden Globes.
“It’s weird because I feel like we’re not necessarily a singing group,” said Amber Riley, who stars as diva-like glee club member Mercedes Jones. “We just do it for television, so to be recognized as a group … it’s just is really weird. I guess we weren’t really expecting it being on a TV show.”