Seth MacFarlane is up for two Grammy Awards, but only one of them is for something funny. Steve Martin’s banjo found honors. And the South Park fellas are getting closer to EGOT status.
What else is new?
How about these comedians among the nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 12, 2012, and telecast on CBS.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane [Universal Republic]. He’s up against Tony Bennett’s “Duets II,” Susan Boyle’s “The Gift,” Harry Connick Jr.’s “In Concert on Broadway,” and Barbra Streisand’s “What Matters Most — Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman.”
Best Bluegrass Album
Rare Bird Alert, Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers [Rounder]. Martin and the band are up against Alison Krauss & Union Station for “Paper Airplane,” Jim Lauderdale’s “Reason and Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale,” The Del McCoury Band’s “Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe,” Ralph Stanley’s “A Mother’s Prayer,” and Chris Thile & Michael Daves for “Sleep With One Eye Open.”
Best Musical Theater Album
The Book Of Mormon, Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells, principal soloists; Anne Garefino, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Trey Parker, Scott Rudin & Matt Stone, producers; Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast) [Ghostlight Records]. They won the Tony. Can a Grammy get the South Park guys one step closer to EGOT status? They’ll have to beat “Anything Goes” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Best Song Written For Visual Media
Christmastime Is Killing Us (From Family Guy) Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane & Danny Smith, songwriters (Danny Smith, Ron Jones & Seth MacFarlane) [Fox Music]. This is a fun category, what with Family Guy going against Chuck, The New Girl, Cher and the Biebs! Well, sort of. Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore’s duet from Tangled, Zooey Deschanel’s song from “Winnie The Pooh,” Justin Bieber’s song from his documentary remix, and songs from Footloose and Burlesque are also in this group.
Best Short Form Music Video
Perform This Way, “Weird Al” Yankovic; “Weird Al” Yankovic, video director; Cisco Newman, video producer [Jive Records]. Weird Al is back, y’all! His Gaga parody, however, has to compete with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Memory Tapes with “Yes I Know,” OK Go’s “All is Not Lost,” Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower,” and new artist contender Skrillex with “First of the Year (Equinox).” But where do the Grammy people go to find these music videos?
And in categories that more traditionally include comedians:
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
Bossypants, Tina Fey [Hachette Audio].
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t), Betty White [Penguin Audio]
Fey’s reading of her memoir and Betty White go up against “Fab Fan Memories — The Beatles Bond,” The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s reading of “Hamlet,” and Val Kilmer and cast reading “The Mark of Zorro.”
And last but not least…
Best Comedy Album
Alpocalypse, “Weird Al” Yankovic [Jive Records]
Finest Hour, Patton Oswalt [Comedy Central Records]
Hilarious, Louis C.K. [Comedy Central Records]
Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant, Kathy Griffin [Universal Network Television]
Turtleneck & Chain, The Lonely Island [Universal Republic]