If you like rooting for underdogs, the race for best comedy album won’t interest you this year. This years five Grammy nominations for best comedy album all went to comedians who are legends in the business. Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart grabbed the five nominations in the Best Comedy Album category this morning. No comedians were nominated for best-spoken word album this year.
Gaffigan and Silverman were both last up for Grammys in 2015 when they both lost out to Weird Al Yankovic for his powerhouse Mandatory Fun. Jerry Seinfeld was last nominated in 1999 when Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner took the Grammy for the 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000, and this year marks the first time Kevin Hart or Dave Chappelle have been nominated. This is Gaffigan’s third nomination and Silverman’s second.
The nominated albums are:
Dave Chappelle- The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas
Jim Gaffigan- Cinco
Jerry Seinfeld- Jerry Before Seinfeld
Sarah Silverman- A Speck Of Dust
Kevin Hart- What Now?
All five of the nominated albums were recorded as hour specials for video release- four of them as Netflix specials and one, Kevin Hart’s What Now, which was released theatrically. None of the five nominated really feel like albums. Although all 5 are technically available on vinyl they don’t appear to be kept in stock, and only Gaffigan and Harts albums are available as Mp3 downloads.
Last year’s winner, was Patton Oswalt, nominated for his Talking for Clapping album.
The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.