December 3, 2021
Grammys: Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K. among nominated stars
LOS ANGELES - A myriad of Hollywood stars and some controversial figures are among those nominated at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, revealed by the Recording Academy on Tuesday.

Dave Chappelle and poet Amir Sulaiman received a nomination for the Netflix special, 8:46, in the best spoken word album category. Chappelle has previously won in the same category in 2019 for Sticks & Stones.

The nomination for Chappelle comes amid the comedian facing outcry for his Netflix special, The Closer, which was criticized as transphobic over the comedian mocking gender identities and defending J.K. Rowling’s remarks, among other comments. After its debut, the special drew criticism from GLAAD and showrunners like Dear White People‘s Jaclyn Moore; the streamer’s trans employees also held a virtual walkout to push back against Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos’ handling of the special.

Another divisive comedian also secured a nom: Louis C.K., nominated in the best comedy album category for Sincerely Louis C.K. The surprise nomination arrives following accusations in 2017 of sexual misconduct that he acknowledged were true. In wake of the allegations, Netflix and HBO cut ties with C.K. and his film I Love You Daddy — which he wrote, starred in and directed — was dropped by distribution company The Orchard one week ahead of its release. He has since returned to stand-up and is currently promoting a tour, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+ on Monday., January 31st.
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