Louis CK‘s post- “cancellation” road is apparently paved in gold. The disgraced comedian, who admitted to sexual misconduct with multiple women in 2017, won the Grammy for best comedy album at Sunday’s Grammys 2022. It was CK’s third win in this category — following victories in 2012 and 2016.
CK’s album Sincerely Louis CK beat out fellow nominees Nate Bargatze (The Greatest Average American), Lewis Black (Thanks for Risking Your Life), Lavell Crawford (The Comedy Vaccine), Chelsea Handler (Evolution), and Kevin Hart (Zero F ** ks Given). The category was presented by host LeVar Burton at the Premiere Ceremony prior to this year’s main telecast. CK was not present.
This was CK’s first comedy special since multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct, alleging that he had masturbated — or had asked to do so — in front of them. At the time, CK released a statement, saying, “These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. ”
His admission was followed by a flurry of severed ties. CK was dropped by his management team at 3 Arts Entertainment, his APA agency, and publicist Lewis Kay. The overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton, was canceled, and wide release plans for his film, I Love You, Daddy, were scrapped. But by 2018, he returned to the stage with a handful of sets at New York City’s Comedy Cellar. In August 2021, CK announced a nationwide comedy tour.
Some of CK’s latest Grammy-winning special centers on his controversy and subsequent “cancellation.” At one point, he asks: “How was your last couple of years? How was 2018 and 2019 for you guys? Anybody else get in global amounts of trouble? ” adding, “I learned a lot. I learned how to eat alone in a restaurant with people giving me the finger from across the room. ”
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. defended the organization’s right to nominate people like CK and the similarly tainted Marilyn Manson, who was recognized with several collaborators on Kanye West‘s album Donda. “We will not look back at people’s history, we will not look at their criminal record, we will not look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria , ”He told The Wrap last November. “If it is, they can submit for consideration.”