South African comedy talent Trevor Noah’s star keeps shining brighter and brighter.
It emerged on Wednesday that he had won a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album for his Son of Patricia audio collection.
He took to Twitter to express his delight, “Today I woke up to the news that I’ve been nominated for a Grammy Award!!! I’m so grateful.”
Taking on Ellen DeGeneres
Noah will take on fellow comedy giants Ellen DeGeneres (Relatable), Jim Gaffigan (Quality Time), Aziz Ansari (Right Now), and Dave Chappelle (Sticks & Stones).
The 62nd Grammy Awards will be held on 26 January, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Singer Alicia Keys will be the host for the second year running.
Noah is the host of the hugely popular The Daily Show. He is also on his “Loud and Clear Tour,” which is expected to continue until June 2020.
Earlier in November, he made history by becoming the first African comedian to sell out the world’s most famous arena – New York’s Madison Square Garden (MSG).
He joined comedy legends such as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart and Russell Peters to sell out the MSG. Overall, he’s the 10th comedian to achieve the feat.
Other notable Grammy nominees
Singer and rapper Lizzo has bagged eight nominations while Ariana Grande has five. Beyoncé (four nominations) and R&B artist H.E.R. (five nominations) also feature strongly.
Despite controversy surrounding his cancelled African Unite concert, Nigeria’s Buan Boy has bagged a Grammy nomination in the Best World Music category.
He got the nod for his African Giant album, while legendary singer-songwriter from Benin, Angélique Kidjo, was nominated in the same category for Celia.
Burna Boy was forced to withdraw from the African Unite concert, which its organisers also cancelled altogether, following public outcry over his participation.
Local artists led by the Tshwane Entertainment Collective felt he had reacted to fake news on xenophobia and had failed to apologise for threatening to physically confront rapper AKA.