It’s been a big week for Dave Chappelle.
He added a second Grammy win to his resume for best comedy album. He’s also an Emmy winner.
He’s been attached to some big projects the last couple years, including the Oscar-nominated “A Star is Born” and a series of Netflix specials and celebrity-filled Juke Joints.
Chappelle has fans everywhere, but especially by his Yellow Springs and Dayton-area community.
A “Dave sighting” at Dino’s or elsewhere around Yellow Springs is something truly special and is just one of many reasons he was voted Best Nationally Known Celebrity from Dayton in Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 contest.
When we were putting together the categories for Best of Dayton, we originally had just one category for local celebrity.
Our hope was to give a shout-out to an up-and-coming local celebrity with this contest. We even named the category Best Local Celebrity (not Dave Chappelle) for fun.
Guess who had the most nominations in that category? Yes, Dave Chappelle.
We decided to create two celebrity contests instead.
Here is who Dayton voted Best National Celebrity from the Dayton area.
🏆 BEST OF DAYTON 2018 WINNERS LIST
🥇WINNER: Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle, who lives just outside of Yellow Springs, just won his second Grammy. He won a 2019 Grammy in the Best Comedy Album category for his “Equanimity & The Bird Revelation.” He won a 2018 Grammy in the Best Comedy Album category for his “The Age Of Spin” and “Deep In The Heart Of Texas.”
Chappelle won an Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role hosting “Saturday Night Live” just after Donald Trump’s election. He received Emmy nominations in 2004 and 2005.
He is best known for “Chappelle’s Show,” which aired on Comedy Central from 2003-06. He walked away from the show in 2005 – and a reported $50 million contract with the network and spent some time in South Africa. He then moved to a farm outside Yellow Springs. He began his comeback in 2017 and signed a "20 million per release" comedy special deal with Netflix in 2016. He appeared in “A Star is Born” (2018) alongside his friend Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut.
🥈SECOND PLACE: John Legend
John Stephens is a true legend in his hometown and now around the world.
The Springfield native and Dayton favorite has won the coveted EGOT when he took home an Emmy Award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 9, 2018 for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert.” Legend is the first African-American man to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. He joins a select group of 15 performers who have achieved this honor. Legend aleady has a ton of music awards on his shelf, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe and 10 Grammys, including Best New Artist in 2006.
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Legend and musician/actor Common won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” The duo won the Golden Globe in the same category.
John and his wife supermodel Chrissy Teigen (and their two children) are Internet and social media sensations. And Legend has continued to support his hometown with a performing arts center named in his honor and hometown visits for campaigns and concerts (including a 2017 concert at Rose Music Center).
🥉THIRD PLACE: Allison Janney
This Oakwood-raised star of the big screen and small screen has TONS of awards on her shelf (including a 2017 induction into the Dayton Region Walk of Fame). She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well.
There are too many awards to mention here, to be honest.
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Janney, a graduate of the Miami Valley School, received a 2018 Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya.” She won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for the same role.
She has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including best supporting actress in a comedy series in 2014 and 2015 for her role on CBS’ “Mom.” She won an Emmy for her role as a guest actress on “Masters of Sex” in 2014. She won several Emmy awards for her role as C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing” including lead actress in a drama series in 2004 and 2002, as well as supporting actress in 2001 and 2000.