For the fifth year in a row, the Recording Academy lazily pushed Kathy Griffin onto the list of nominees for Best Comedy Album, despite the fact that — once again — her “album” is nothing more than the completely censored audio ripped from her latest Bravo special. This time, it’s called Seaman 1st Class and as in the past, the “album” isn’t even broken down into tracks; it’s just one 60-minute digital file available only on iTunes. Last year’s nominee Kathy Griffin: 50 And Not Pregnant and the prior year’s nominee Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt were released the same way. Her first two years nominated were proper albums. Hooray!
To be clear, my beef isn’t with Kathy Griffin. I think she’s a fucking hoot. My problem is with the Recording Academy, who prove year after year, they don’t give a shit about the world of comedy. They know it’s not mandatory to nominate Griffin every year, don’t they? It’s to the point where I feel like if Griffin doesn’t put out an “album” next year, they’ll rewrite the rules so that they can nominate a collection of her voicemails to friends and relatives.
It’s just a shame that each year there are anywhere between 150 and 200 comedy albums released and the Recording Academy is seemingly fixated on the same handful or artists– but none more than Griffin. Remember this is the same voting body who, in 1989, awarded folk-rock, flute-heavy Jethro Tull the first ever Hard Rock/Metal award over Metallica’s groundbreaking …And Justice For All.
Anyway, it’s unlikely Griffin will win this year, especially if her eight ratings on iTunes indicate anything (fellow nominees Tenacious D for Rize of the Fenix and Jim Gaffigan for Mr. Universe have 856 and 236 ratings, respectively). Nope, that honor will undoubtedly go to Jimmy Fallon for his album Blow Your Pants Off, which features funny songs performed by the late-night host and a long list of celebrity friends like Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Stephen Colbert and Eddie Vedder.
Rounding out the list of nominees are Margaret Cho for Cho Dependent and Lewis Black for In God We Rust. I would love to see Gaffigan, Black or Cho win. But we all know that’s not going to happen.
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