2018 Tonys Hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles Give a Shout Out to the Losers in Opening Number

Co-hosts have a hilarious tongue-in-cheek number for the opening

By Meg Swertlow Jun 11, 2018 1:16 AMTags
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This one's for the losers!

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, who are co-hosting the 2018 Tony Awards, opened up the rip-roaring show with a hilarious piano duet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday night.

The two played side by side and it certainly seemed like it was a sweet song—until the original musical number revealed it was a tribute to all the Tony Award losers of the past—just like them! That's right, the talented singers and performers admitted that while they'd both been nominated, neither has ever never actually won a Tony Award.

But they were in pretty good company!

The hosts with the most went on to reference beloved musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls, Into the Woods and Chicago, none of which ever actually won Best Musical.

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At the end of their cheeky number, the two were joined by the ensemble members from every Tony nominated musical. The group then sang to the star-studded crowd, "Theater is filled with bad-asses — this one’s for you!"

The Tonys official Twitter tweeted, "The opening number definitely had that signature @sarabareilles vibe—because she wrote it! Certainly not a loser in our book, unless you mean Legendary Outstanding Splendid Epic and Radiant. #TonyAwards #ThisIsBroadway."