Will Stephen Colbert follow surprise Emmy win with another Grammy?

After finally snapping “The Daily Show’s” Best Variety Series streak at the Emmys in September, will Stephen Colbert continue his awards romp at the Grammys?  He is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook of his latest patriotic masterpiece, “America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.” 

If he wins, he’ll have a bookend to his Comedy Album Grammy from 2009 for “A Colbert Christmas.” However, he’s at risk of splitting the vote with three other comedians in his category: actors Carol Burnett (“Carrie and Me“) and Billy Crystal (“Still Foolin’ ‘Em“), as well as comic essayist David Sedaris (“Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls“).

That could clear the way for legendary 94-year-old folk singer Pete Seeger, who currently leads our racetrack odds for “The Storm King,” his collection of stories and poems. Seeger has won three competitive Grammys to date: one for Musical Album for Children and two for Traditional Folk Album. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.

Last year, another folk singer — Janis Ian — won this race over Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres, as well as Michelle Obama‘s “American Grown,” which was performed by various artists.

It wouldn’t be the first time a musician stood in the way of honoring Colbert. Barry Manilow became his arch-nemesis in 2006 when he beat Colbert for Best Individual Variety Performance at the Emmys. The following year, Colbert lost the category again, to Tony Bennett. But if Colbert is going to lose again to a musician, it may as well be at the Grammys.

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