The nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards are in and that means its time to take a look at the rat race for best comedy album and best spoken word album to see who got nominated. And for the first time in eleven years, not a single female artist got a nomination for best comedy album. You’d have to go all the way back to 2007 to find another all-male nominees list in the category.
Tiffany Haddish did score a Grammy nomination this year, but not for a comedy album- her nomination was in the spoken word category for her audio version of her bestselling book, The Last Unicorn, in the catgory of best spoken word album. She’ll be competing against a former President to try to pick up that award. Also nominated for best spoken word album are Jimmy Carter for “Faith- A Journey for All”, Questlove for “Creative Quest”, David Sedaris for “Calypso” and Courtney B. Vance for “Accessory to War (Neil Degrasse Tyson & Avis Lang)”.
In the category of comedy album, five heavy hitters are competing for the award. Dave Chappelle, who won last year for his double album “The Age of Reason/Deep in the Heart of Texas” repeats again with another double feature album. This year he is nominated for the album version of his Netflix specials “Equanimity & Bird Revelation.” Jim Gaffigan has a nomination this year for “Noble Ape” based on the 2018 hour special of the same name. He also was nominated last year for “Cinco” giving him back to back nominations. Patton Oswalt is back on the board too, he skipped a year last year with no new release, but he won the Grammy in 2017 for his album “Talking for Clapping” and is now nominated for 2018’s “Annihilation.” A newcomer to the category took the fourth nomination. Fred Armisen is up for a Grammy for the album “Stand Up for Drummers” which is based on his 2018 Netflix special. But Chris Rock may be the one to beat this year. He hasn’t been nominated in 12 years- that’s how long its been since he released an album by the way. He has three Grammy wins under his belt, more than any other living comedian (other than Bill Cosby, but lets face it he’s done winning awards). He’s never been nominated and not won, and his 2018 comeback album Tamborine is based on his Netflix special of the same name. With the exception of his comedy album debut, every album Rock has released has been nominated for and won a Grammy.
The nominated albums are:
“Annihilation” — Patton Oswalt
“Equanimity & The Bird Revelation” — Dave Chappelle
“Noble Ape” — Jim Gaffigan
“Standup For Drummers” — Fred Armisen
“Tamborine” — Chris Rock
All five of the nominated albums were recorded as hour specials for video release- four of them as Netflix specials, one released by Comedy Dynamics on multiple formats.
The 61th GRAMMY Awards will take place on the West Coast this year on Sunday, February 10 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and will air live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. ET/PT.