Dave Chapelle won his fifth Grammy this weekend for the Netflix special The Closer, which was widely criticised for its transphobic content.
Chappelle was accused of making “transphobic” remarks, such as saying he was “team Terf” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist).
He was also widely criticised for saying that the LGBTQ+ community was trying to “cancel” the lives of famous people like JK Rowling.
Chappelle also failed to recognise that not all queer and trans people are white when discussing racism within the LGBTQ+ community.
GLAAD and others condemned the comedian at the time and demanded that Netflix remove the content from its platform.
Chappelle defended his remarks as free speech and would not accept responsibility for them.
Chappelle won his category at the 65th Grammy Awards, beating out Louis C.K. for Sorry, Jim Gaffigan (Comedy Monster), Randy Rainbow (A Little Brains, A Little Talent), and Patton Oswalt (We All Scream).
His win comes one year after Louis C.K. won the award for Sincerely Louis CK, his first comedy album since his past sexual misconduct offences were revealed.
He was not present at the 65th Grammy Awards on Sunday night, but a presenter accepted the award for best comedy album on his behalf.
Following the nominations of Chappelle and CK, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr told The Hollywood Reporter, “We don’t control who the voters vote for.’
“If voters think a creator deserves to be nominated, they will vote for them.”
“We’re never going to be in the business of deciding someone’s moral position or where they fall on the moral scale,” he added.
“I think our job is to evaluate the art and the quality of the art. We can ensure that all of our spaces are safe and that no one feels threatened by anyone. But when it comes to nominations and awards, we really let the voters decide.”