T.I. & John Legend get some Broadway bonafides.
Spongebob may be the internet's favorite meme-friendly cartoon, but depending on your interests, it's likely that you didn't even know that Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical even existed, let alone that some high profile rap and R&B acts helped make it. This appears to be the case, however, as it has been announced today that T.I. and John Legend would be nominated for an award in the "Best Original Score" category for their contributions to the play.
Tip and Legend are just two of a huge roster of acts that helped contribute music to the play, including The Flaming Lips, Steven Tyler, and Panic! At The Disco. T.I. wrote a song for the play titled, "When The Going Gets Tough," which is performed by Plankton and his computer wife Karen. Legend wrote a song called, "(I Guess I) Miss You," performed by Spongebob and Patrick in the play.
Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical is a front-runner in the award show, racking up a total of 12 nominations, including "Best Musical," only being matched by the Tina Fey-penned Mean Girls musical, which has the same number of nominations.
If you were surprised to hear about T.I. and Legend having worked on the musical, you're not the only one. Chrissy Teigen, who happens to be married to John Legend, had no idea that he had contributed to the musical, and was shocked when she found out he was nominated for the award.
The 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony will be held on June 10, and will be air live on CBS.