Dave Chappelle won his second Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Comedy Album. The Recording Academy honored the album-version of Chappelle’s Netflix double-feature Equanimity & The Bird Revelation with the coveted prize.
Crossover recording-artist and comedian Donald Glover took home some of the most prestigious awards of the night under his Childish Gambino alias for This Is America. Childish Gambino won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Music Video for the song. Glover did not attend last night’s ceremony, despite being one of the night’s biggest winners.
Chappelle also did not receive his award in-person during the Premiere Ceremony, prior to the main telecast.
Weird Al Yankovic and his two art directors won Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Yankovic now has five Grammys to his name, including Best Comedy Album in 2015. He has received 16 nominations over the years and beat out Guns N’ Roses and The Grateful Dead this year.
All four Dave Chappelle Netflix specials win Grammy
Chappelle’s Best Comedy Album was actually two specials that were released together on New Year’s Eve. The Bird Revelation was filmed in the intimate Belly Room of The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Equanimity was filmed in Chappelle’s hometown of Washington, D.C. Netflix reportedly paid at least $60 million for all four of his 2017 specials.
Last year, Chappelle won the Best Comedy Album Grammy for his March 2017 double-album The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas. That means that each of the four stand-up specials that Chappelle released in 2017 won a Grammy—but please, explain why you hate the Half-Baked star so much.
At the 2018 ceremony, he Chappelle also presented Best Rap Album and noted the absence of A Tribe Called Quest from the nominees. He even made an appearance in Kendrick Lamar’s performance. It would have been nice to see him again on the stage this year.