Louis CK and Dave Chappelle have both been nominated for Grammy Awards, despite recent controversies surrounding the two comedians.
CK’s 2020 show Sincerely Louis CK is nominated in the Best Comedy Album category, while Chapelle’s collaboration with the poet Amir Sulaiman, 8:46, is up for Best Spoken Word Album.
An article published by the New York Times in 2018 saw five women who had worked with the comedian in some capacity claiming inappropriate behaviour by CK, including that he masturbated in front of female comedians. CK then responded, confirming to fans that “the stories were true”.
Sincerely Louis CK sees the comedian joking about the incident at a show released as a surprise special in April last year.
Released last month, Chappelle’s Netflix special The Closer prompted backlash from the LGBTQ community for comments deemed transphobic. In the wake of the controversy, Netflix then fired an employee for leaking information about the special.
Yesterday Terra Field, a former Netflix engineer who organised a company-wide walkout in light controversy, resigned. Stars such as Elliot Page, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and actor Jameela Jami all voiced their support for the walkout.
He continued: “What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”