Tiffany Haddish won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album last night at the 2021 Grammy Awards for her stand-up special Black Mitzvah. Haddish is the first Black woman to win in this category since Whoopi Goldberg in 1986. The comedian, actress and host discovered she was a Grammy winner during a taping of Kids Say the Darnedest Things, and she was brought to tears by the historic win.
Haddish shared a heartfelt message on Instagram about winning her first Grammy.
Haddish shared why she used the moment to teach and acknowledge her emotions with the two young ladies who guest starred on the show, instead of crying in utter happiness at what she accomplished. The two girls, Lauren and Ava, hope to one day become president of the United States, and Tiffany made sure she celebrated her Grammy win by encouraging and uplifting them. She leaves them with three simple words of motivation, “Anything is possible.”
Tiffany’s latest Netflix stand-up comedy special was released on her 40th birthday. She dropped a special filled with singing, dancing and raunchy reflections on her long journey to womanhood.
It was her first nomination in the category and her second from The Academy overall since her Best Spoken Word Album nomination for The Last Black Unicorn in 2019. Haddish was the only woman nominated in the comedy category this year, so this win is especially legendary for women comics.
Only one other woman took home Best Comedy Album in the last 34 years since Kathy Griffin’s win in 2014 for Calm Down Gurrl. Before that, four other women won: Jo Stafford for Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris in 1961, Elaine May for An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May in 1962, Lily Tomlin for This is a Recording in 1972 and of course, Goldberg for Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording in 1986. Haddish’s legendary win makes her the second Black woman to ever win this award.
The Grammys have been notoriously stingy to female comedians, so this win is one to celebrate. Congrats, Tiffany Haddish!