Woke mobs may be calling for Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. to be cancelled, but it appears Grammy voters feel differently.
When the Recording Academy announced the nominations for 64th annual Grammy awards on Tuesday, the two comedians, who have both faced criticism and controversy for different reasons, were among the honorees.
Chappelle, who has been targeted by trans activists over jokes they deem “transphobic,” received a “Best Spoken Word Album” nomination for his Netflix special “8:46,” a comedy set he delivered in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio, immediately following George Floyd’s death.
Other nominees in the category also touch on the subject of racial strife.
LeVar Burton is included for his narration of “Aftermath,” his dystopian novel that imagines a new civil war in the future. Don Cheadle is nominated for his reading of “Carry On: Reflections for A New Generation From John Lewis,” a biography on the late senator and civil rights activist. Black poet J. Ivey made the cut with, “Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago” Finally, Barack Obama received a nod for “A Promised Land,” a memoir of his time in the White House.
Despite the fact that his sexual conduct with younger, female comedians and entertainment executives left Louis C.K. largely unwelcome on major streaming platforms and in some comedy clubs, his latest release, “Sincerely Louis CK,” nevertheless received a nomination for “Best Comedy Album.” The rest of the category includes offerings from Kevin Hart, Chelsea Handler, and Lewis Black.
Asked by Hollywood trade publication, The Wrap, about the controversial nominees, Grammys CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said the Recording Academy does not “look back at people’s history” when considering nominations, but added that doesn’t mean all nominees will be invited to attend the ceremony.
“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration,” Mason said, “We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration.”
Mason went on:
What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.
Many Grammy experts were watching to see how the organization would respond should cancelled country star Morgan Wallen receive a nod. But despite having the best-selling country album of the year and being submitted in eight categories, the 28-year-old did not receive any nominations
The 2022 Grammys are scheduled to air on January 31, on CBS.
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