The ex-commander in chief and the controversial comedian are among the contenders for best spoken word album, according to nominations announced on Tuesday.
Obama was nominated for the audio version of his 2020 memoir “A Promised Land,” while Chappelle and poet Amir Sulaiman earned a nod for the comic’s George Floyd-focused Netflix special, “8:46.”
Chappelle, meanwhile, is a three-time Grammy winner for Best Comedy Album, but his latest nomination comes as he’s embroiled in controversy over his latest Netflix special, in which he made anti-trans comments.
The release of the special prompted unrest at Netflix, including a demonstration outside the company’s office. The comedian is nominated for the 2022 Grammys for “8:46” alongside Amir Sulaiman. The special was created and released in response to the murder of George Floyd.
A win by Obama at the Grammys would mark his third time taking home the award. He won a Grammy in 2006 and 2008 in the same spoken word category.
The Grammy Awards are set to be held Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.