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Grammy Awards: Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day win musical show album for 'American Idiot'

February 13, 2011 |  2:30 pm

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Billie Joe Armstrong and the band Green Day have won the 2011 Grammy Award for musical show album for Broadway's "American Idiot." The other nominees in the category were  "Sondheim on Sondheim," "A Little Night Music," "Fela!" and "Promises, Promises."

Armstrong wasn't present in Los Angeles to accept the award because he is playing the role of St. Jimmy in "American Idiot" at the St. James Theatre in New York.

The "American Idiot" album was released by Reprise. The jukebox musical uses songs from Green Day's albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," both of which won Grammy awards in 2005 and 2010, respectively.

Armstrong will be performing in the Broadway production through Feb. 27. A national tour of "American Idiot" is currently in the works, with a start date expected in the fall.

Last year's award for musical-show album went to the recent revival of "West Side Story."

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-- David Ng

Photo: Billie Joe Armstrong performing in L.A. in 2009. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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