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Dave Chappelle wins his first Grammy award

Dave Chappelle can add Grammy Award winner to his resume.

Chappelle, who lives just outside Yellow Springs, took home the Grammy for Best Comedy Album Sunday night during the 60th Grammy Awards for his “The Age Of Spin” and “Deep In The Heart Of Texas.”

“I am honored to win an award (finally),” said Chappelle. “I want to thank everyone at Netflix, Saturday Nite Live, the Chappelle Show, my wife, kids, sisters, brothers,and their kids and my mother …whew – see you on Monday!”

Chappelle was one of two local artists who represented our region as Grammy nominees. The award showed aired on WHIO-TV Sunday evening.

Chappelle  beat out Jim Gaffigan’s “Cinco,” Jerry Seinfeld’s “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” Kevin Hart’s “What Now?” and Sarah Silverman’s “A Speck of Dust.”

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Comedian Dave Chappelle speaks onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)) (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

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Before winning Grammy gold, Chappelle made an appearance in Kendrick Lamar’s politically charged show opener. 

Before Lamar performed his lyrics from Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead,” Chapelle had a brief moment on stage, saying, “Hi. I’m Dave Chapelle. And I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America. Sorry for the interruption. Please continue.”

Chappelle then presented the award for Best Rap Album to Kendrick Lamar for “Damn.”

“It is an honor for me to present the best rap album award... the genre means so much to me... ”

He also gave a shout-out to A Tribe Called Quest, who did not receive a nomination. “Hip-hop, make some noise for A Tribe Called Quest,” he said. “Can we kick it?”

In other local celebrity sightings on the Grammy’s, John Legend teamed up with Tony Bennett to present the first award of the evening to Kendrick Lamar. They even collaborated on a couple notes of “New York.”

Tony Bennett, left, and John Legend present the award for best rap/sung performance at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) (Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Chrissy Teigen, left, and John Legend arrive at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra was nominated twice. In the Best Orchestral Performance category, the Cincinnati Sypphony Orchestra lost to Manfred Honeck, conductor of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, and in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition, lost to Jennifer Higdon, composer.

Gustafer Yellowgold creator and Kettering native Morgan Taylor was nominated in the Best Children’s Album category for his “Brighter Side.” However, Lisa Loeb won the award. Other nominees included Justin RobertsAlphabet Rockers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Awards in approximately 70 categories (including children’s albums) were handed out at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony.

This year’s Grammy Awards show returned to New York for the first time in 15 years. Throughout its history, the show routinely split its staging between the big apple and Los Angeles, until a feud between former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and then-Recording Academy President Michael Greene in the late 1990s disrupted that harmony.

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