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December 23, 2016

Women Take Over “Best Comedy Album” Grammy Nominations
by Katie Conway - 0

The Grammys: A night of music appreciation and celebration, where we worship the likes of musical legends such as Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye, and…Amy Schumer? For those who are unfamiliar with this award show, The Grammys not only honor those who have contributed to the music industry, but for those who have recored comedy specials, too! And this year, The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are breaking a huge glass ceiling.

For the first time in Grammy history, women hold the majority for nominations in the ‘Best Comedy Album’ category. These women include Margret Cho for American Myth, Tig Notaro for Boyish Girl Interrupted, and Amy Schumer for Live At The Apollo - who also happens to be nominated for ‘Best Spoken Word Album’ for her memoir The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. This is Cho’s 4th nomination following her recognition for 2011’s Cho Dependent, 2004’s Revolution, and 2002’s I’m the One that I Want. Notaro was also nominated previously in 2014 for her comedy album Live. This is Schumer’s first Comedy Album nomination, but you can read about her incredible journey on to becoming the highest paid female comedian here. Other nominees in this category include David Cross for America…Great… and Patton Oswalt’s Talking for Clapping. 

The award for ‘Best Comedy Album’ has been mainly male dominated in the past, which has been received at the Grammys from 1959-1993, then again from 2014 - present day. The category has been won by some of the most recognized names in comedy, such as George Carlin, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Louis C.K., etc. Many women have been nominated in this category before, but never have there been three women at once. In the show’s 59-year history, only 5 women have actually won the award. This includes Jo Stafford alongside Paul Weston in 1961, Elaine May with Mike Nichols in 1962, Lily Tomlin for This Is A Recording in 1972, Whoopi Goldberg for Whoopi Goldberg (Original Broadway Show Recording) in 1986, and most recently Kathy Griffin in 2014 for Calm Down Gurrl. Hopefully we’ll see another lovely lady take home the gold, proving yet again women are just as funny and just as deserving of the award as their male counterparts! 

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by James Corden on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 11:00pm on CBS, LIVE from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Corden - known for Into the Woods, The Late Late Show, and hosting The 70th Annual Tony Awards - is clearly no stranger to music, comedy, or hosting gigs. The night is sure to be blast, so be sure to tune in! 


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