The Grammy nominations are in, and there’s a lotta comedy in there. First, the big one: Best Comedy Album. And the nominees are:
Alpocalypse - “Weird Al” Yankovic [Jive Records]Finest Hour - Patton Oswalt [Comedy Central Records]Hilarious - Louis C.K. [Comedy Central Records]Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant - Kathy Griffin [Universal Network Television]Turtleneck & Chain - The Lonely Island [Universal Republic]
But comedians didn’t restrict themselves to the comedy-specific categories alone. Both Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Betty White’s If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) are nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Seth MacFarlane is up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Music Is Better Than Words, and Best Song Written For Visual Media for Family Guy’s “Christmastime Is Killing Us.” The Book of Mormon is up for Best Musical Theater Album. And Weird Al clinched the double nomination with Best Short Form Music Video for “Perform This Way.” Sadly, the category of Best Improvised Jazz Solo remains uncomedied.