HADESTOWN Star André De Shields Shares His GRAMMY Award and Special Edition Bulova Watch

André De Shields with his GRAMMY Award. Photo by Lia Chang

When the announcement that the original Broadway cast recording of HADESTOWN won the 2020 GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Theater Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards this year, André De Shields was in rehearsal with his Old Dawg; New Tricks band at Carroll Studios in New York.

André De Shields’ GRAMMY Award and Special Edition Bulova Watch. Photo by Lia Chang

De Shields is one award away from EGOT status having garnered a Tony Award for his turn as Hermes in Hadestown and an Emmy Award for Ain’t Misbehavin‘.

André De Shields’ GRAMMY Award and Special Edition Bulova Watch. Photo by Lia Chang

This summer, De Shields received an unexpected package. The Official Timepiece Partner of the GRAMMY Award, Bulova creates an exclusive Special Edition timepiece for each first-time GRAMMY winner to celebrate this unique moment.

André De Shields’ GRAMMY Award and Special Edition Bulova Watch. Photo by Lia Chang

The design was inspired by musical elements with subtle nods that include guitar head markers and a case which resembles a snare drum. The dial is made from GRAMMIUM- the same custom alloy used in the lustrous gold gramophone statute. The watch is personalized on the case back with the winner’s name and winning category to honor their achievement.

André De Shields’ GRAMMY Award and Special Edition Bulova Watch. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields’ GRAMMY Award and Special Edition Bulova Watch. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards for best featured actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, honoring veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently received the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in August, 2019. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty one years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. De Shields can currently be seen on Netflix as the Algebra Tutor in “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” and on The CW as Chubby in “Katy Keene.” De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. andredeshields.com

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Dec. 9: Tony, Grammy and Emmy Winning HADESTOWN Star André De Shields to Give Keynote for Victory Gardens Theater’s VOICES OF TOMORROW Gala 

Dec.15: André De Shields, Conrad Ricamora, Alan Cumming, Heather Headley, Ramin Karimloo, Karen Olivo, Jelani Remy, Lena Hall, Broadway Inspirational Voices & More Set for HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Concert to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 

Dec. 16: Bristol Community College Presents A Conversation with André De Shields and the Role of The Artist in Matters of Social Justice 

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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