Kathy Griffin wins Best Comedy Album; Stephen Colbert, Steve Martin also win Grammys

The sixth time was the charm for Kathy Griffin, who took home her first Grammy win for Best Comedy Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

Griffin won for the digital audio recording of her 2013 Bravo TV special, “Calm Down Gurrl.” Also nominated in Best Comedy Album: Craig Ferguson, Tig Notaro, Bob Saget and Ron White. Griffin noted that she had become only the third woman to win a comedy Grammy, following in the footsteps of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.

Here is Kathy Griffin’s acceptance speech, which took place in the daytime “pre-telecast” ceremonies on Sunday.

“Six years in a row and I finally won, dammit, thank you!” Griffin said. “And in the history of Best Comedy Album, only two other women have won: Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. I stand in great company! I congratulate the other amazing nominees. And, I must say thanks to a lot of the people who put me here…and I don’t know all of them. But they were an integral part to my success. Their names are Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, Lindsay Lohan, any of the Lohans really. I want to thank Justin Bieber for giving me his ‘relax juice’ today in Panama City. He said it would keep me ‘calm.’ The Miami Beach Police Department as they steered me out of harm’s way. As somebody was drag racing down the street the other day, driving his Lamborghini with his dick. I’d never made my 93-year-old alcoholic mother prouder than with that joke. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Also winning Grammys this year:

Stephen Colbert won his second, this time in the Best Spoken Word category, for “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t.” Colbert defeated nominees Carol Burnett, Billy Crystal, David Sedaris and Pete Seeger in that category. Colbert had won Best Comedy Album in 2009 for “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.”

And Steve Martin scored a Grammy for Best American Roots Song for his duet with Edie Brickell, “Love Has Come For You.” It’s Martin’s fifth Grammy. He previously won back-to-back in Best Comedy for his 1977 and 1978 comedy albums, in 2001 for Best Country Instrumental Performance and in 2009 for Best Bluegrass Album.

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