Earlier this morning, the Recording Academy unveiled its annual GRAMMY-Award nominations, celebrating Music's Biggest Night. While nearly all of the nominees celebrate this year's biggest musical achievements, there are a few categories that celebrate the more niche audio achievements. One of the categories we'd like to put the spotlight on is the Best Comedy Album category.
The primarily sole comedy category at the music dominated award show celebrates the best "artistic achievements in comedy" and also "recognizes excellence in comedy recordings, including spoken word, stand-up comedy and musical/novelty recordings."
Here's a round-up & a closer look at this year's 2024 nominations for the Best Comedy Album category: featuring comedy legends Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Trevor Noah, Dave Chappelle & Sarah Silverman.
Chris Rock: Selective Outrage
Chris Rock made comedy history earlier this year as he performed stand-up in real time for Netflix’s first global livestream event in his latest special, Selective Outrage. A very notable event to the extent where various watch parties were hosted across the country including an official Comedy Store Watch Party in Los Angeles hosted by Ronny Chieng, Arenio Hall, J.B. Smoove & so many more!
In his latest hour, "Rock delivers an electric stand-up set on non-racist yoga pants, spoiling his kids, the Kardashians and his thoughts on the Will Smith fiasco."
Rock is a previous three time Grammy award winer of the Best Comedy Album from Roll with the New (1998), Bigger & Blacker (2000) & Never Scared (2006). Rock's second most recent special for Netflix, Tamborine (2019), has also been nominated.
Wanda Sykes: I'm An Entertainer
Comedian & actress, Wanda Sykes, released her fifth stand-up special and second one for Netflix, I'm An Entertainer, earlier this year & sees Sykes landed her very first Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. The comic's been hustling in the comedy game for as long as we can remember, beginning as a writer on The Chris Rock Show in 1997. This later brought her to landing her first special on HBO with Sick and Tired (2006).
In Sykes' second special for Netflix, "the comedy icon sounds off on parenting with her French wife, the perils of public bathrooms and why she's tired of going high when others go low."
Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would
The South-African comedian, podcaster & former Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, has been making comedy fans laugh through his on point delivery, impressions, & relatable sense of humor for years now. His latest special, I Wish You Would, is no exception to that.
In Noah's latest special, "Emmy-winning comedian talks learning German, speaking ill of the dead, judging people in horror movies and ordering Indian food in Scotland."
This year marks Noah's second nomination in the Best Comedy Album category. His first nomination was for his first Netflix special, Son of Patricia (2019).
Dave Chappelle: What's in a Name?
Dave Chappelle is a comic who indeed needs no introduction. His latest stand-up effort, What's in a Name?, is not the usual material you would see from the household comic. He currently holds the title for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix special, The Closer.
In Chappelle's latest special, "Dave Chappelle delivers a speech at his prestigious alma mater that reflects on his comedy roots, his rise to fame and why artists 'should never behave.'"
Chappelle is a four time Grammy-award winner of the Best Comedy Album category with previous wins for The Closer (2022), Sticks & Stones (2019), Equanimity & The Bird Revelation (2018), & The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017).
Sarah Silverman: Someone You Love
Sarah Silverman is simply hilarious & a genius in her latest comedy special for HBO, Someone You Love. Silverman's latest hour (which marks her first special in six years and her first for HBO in 10 years) "features the New England native showcasing her fearless chutzpah."
This year's nomination makes Silverman a three time Grammy-award nominee for the Best Comedy Album category. In addition to Someone You Love (2023), she's been previously nominated for A Speck of Dust (2017) & We Are Miracles (2013).
When are the 2024 Grammy Awards?
The 2024 Grammys will be held on February 4th at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.