The play is pitted against other newcomers 'Shrek", 'Rock of Ages" and 'Next to Normal" for best musical. British filmmaker Stephen Daldry, who also directed the 2000 Oscar-nominated film on which the original West End production is based upon, has been nominated for his direction of the musical.
According to the BBC, other nominations for 'Billy Elliot ' include nods for costumes, scenic design, and other technical categories. Behind the musical is 'Next To Normal", a play about a woman battling mental illness, that has received the most nominations - 11.
Sir Elton, speaking on US television, said the show has "made an incredible impact on my life", and said it had been "an amazing experience".