Grammy nominations for both Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle have caused controversy since the complete list of nominees was released yesterday, prompting a response from Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of The Recording Academy. Louie C. For his most recent album, “Sorry,” which he won earlier this year and used as a platform to address sexual misconduct claims made against him in 2017, he has been nominated for Best Comedy Album.
Chappelle, on the other hand, is nominated in the same category for the audio release of “The Closer,” which generated controversy because of the comedian’s remarks on transgender issues. Mason claimed in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the group doesn’t “control who the voters vote for,” instead concentrating on the occasion itself.
“If the voters feel like a creator deserves a nomination, they’re going to vote for them,” he said. “The thing that we can control is making sure that people that attend our events feel safe. If there’s someone that’s been nominated that we don’t necessarily agree with, we’re not going to remove a nomination.”
The 54-year-old, who is well-known for his past writing and production work for musicians such Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, and others, claimed that moral considerations of the nominated artists were not taken into account during the selection process.
Following accusations that his monologue on last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live (November 12) “popularized” anti-Semitism, Chappelle has made headlines once more this week. The comedian joked on Kanye West and Kyrie Irving’s anti-Semitic rants as he began his hosting role on the program, claiming the former should have apologized to “buy himself some time.”