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    #396920

    Anyone else unimpressed with this year’s rather listless AOTY choices?

    Back in  the 1960s comedy albums not only were nominated but won  AOTY. The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart won in 1961 and The First Family won in 1963.

    I think the brilliant Live by Tig Notaro could easily best the efforts of most of this year’s nominees.  
     
    In 2000, Chris Rock for Bigger & Blacker would have been a better choice than AOTY nominee Backstreet Boys for Millennium 

    In 1983 Richard Pryor for Live on the Sunset Strip easily bests AOTY winner Toto for Toto IV

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    Richard Aniston
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    Has their been anything officially changed by the Academy that doesn’t allow Comedy albums into AOTY, or has comedy albums simply haven’t been nominated?

    Same thing for comedians in Best New Artist. (Bob Newhart won best new artist in ’61 and Robin Williams was nominated in ’79)

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    TonyKuKo
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    I don’t think they have not been allowed. They just hadn’t been nominated. As far as I know only classical albums were not permitted to get an AoTY nod up until 2012

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    The difference is that those two albums were huge hits. Both hit No. 1 and The First Family in particular was a HUGE seller. Today’s comedy albums don’t have impact like that. 

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