Dave Chappelle brings it home with a back to back Grammy win!
That’s two in a row Dave Chappelle. Last night Chappelle took home the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for the album version of his double Netflix special “Equanimity & Bird Revelation.” Last year, the same thing happened, again with a double album, but that time for his double album “The Age of Reason/Deep in the Heart of Texas.” This was Chappelle’s second time being nominated for the Grammy and his second win. He beat out Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Fred Armisen, and multi-Grammy winning legend Chris Rock.
The two hours were released live right after midnight on New Years Eve, just barely edging into Grammy contention for this year. “Equanimity” was filmed at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C., before a massive crowd, whereas the flip side to his double album/special was recorded in an intimate space at The Comedy Store. Prior to last year’s win, Chappelle hadn’t released any live comedy in 12 years and now we can’t get enough of him. But that’s okay because he’s unstoppable in what he can deliver.
In other categories, there were two comedy connected wins. Weird Al took home his fifth Grammy Award for Best Boxed Set or Limited Edition Package. “Squeeze Box “was a mammoth with 15 slabs of vinyl, a 100 page book, previously unreleased works, 14 remastered studio albums and more jammed into an accordion shaped box. To take the award, Al beat out Guns N Roses, The Grateful Dead, The Decembrists and Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds. He can add this one to his prior wins for 2015 Best Comedy Album (“Mandatory Fun”), 2004 Best Comedy Album (“Poodle Hat”), 1989 Best Concept Music Video (“Fat”) and 1985 Best Comedy Recording (“Eat It.”)
Childish Gambino is the big story of the night in the comedy and music world; the singer songwriter rapper alter ego of comedian, writer, producer, director, multi talented Donald Glover won the big ones, taking both Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “This is America” beating out giants like Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and SZA, Post Malone and 21 Savage, and Zedd & Marin Morris in the album category and some of the same people and others in the song category.
Also nominated for a Grammy this year, Tiffany Haddish failed to take home the win, but hey, she was competing against a living President. Jimmy Carter won that one for “Faith – A Journey For All.”
Congratulations to Dave Chappelle, Weird Al Yankovic, and Donald Glover.