After a career spanning three decades, Weird Al Yankovic scored his first ever number-one album on the Billboard 200 last summer with “Mandatory Fun,” which includes parodies of popular songs like Pharrell Williams‘s “Happy” and Lorde‘s “Royals.” Will he now add another Comedy Album Grammy to his collection?
This is Yankovic’s 10th nomination for a comedy performance, but his first nomination and win was actually for an individual song: “Eat It,” a send-up of Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It.” That was in 1984, when the category was known as Best Comedy Recording.
He didn’t win again until 2003, when his 11th studio album, “Poodle Hat,” took the prize. But even that winner wasn’t the breakout hit “Mandatory Fun” turned out to be; it debuted down at number-17 on the Billboard charts.
But Weird Al will have to get past Louis C.K.‘s “Oh My God.” This is only C.K.’s second nomination, but he won his first bid (“Hilarious,” 2011), and thanks to the success of his FX series, “Louie,” he’s arguably the most popular and respected man in comedy today. What’s more, “Oh My God” is taken from an HBO comedy special that already won him an Emmy.
Yankovic and C.K. are the only past winners in this year’s contest, but two other past nominees are in the running. Jim Gaffigan is nominated for the second time for “Obsessed,” while Patton Oswalt picked up his third bid for “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time.”
Sarah Silverman is the only rookie in this race. She’s nominated for “We Are Miracles,” which, like C.K.’s “Oh My God,” is taken from an HBO special that won her an Emmy. Can she win on her first try?
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