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MARGARET CHO
DEC. 6, 2016, 11:07 A.M.

Women dominate comedy album category because they can be funny, too

Tracy Brown
Tig Notaro, left, Margaret Cho and Amy Schumer. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times; Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images; Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)Tig Notaro, left, Margaret Cho and Amy Schumer. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times; Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images; Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)

Margaret Cho, Tig Notaro and Amy Schumer made a little bit of Grammys history when nominations were announced Tuesday morning. For the first time ever, the comedy album category recognized more projects by women than those by men. 

Cho, Notaro and Schumer also have a shot at joining the very short list of women who have won Grammys for comedy. Only three women have won the award in its present incarnation: Lily Tomlin in 1972, Whoopi Goldberg in 1986 and Kathy Griffin in 2014.

Before that, Jo Stafford and Elaine May won comedy performance Grammys with their respective partners in the 1960s. 

Cho, who received a nod for “American Myth,” has previously been nominated three times, while Notaro's nomination for “Boyish Girl Interrupted” marks the comedian's second overall. Schumer is a first-time nominee for “Live at the Apollo.” 

David Cross' “… America … Great …” and Patton Oswalt's “Talking for Clapping” round out the category.