Tiffany Haddish won her first Grammy Award on Sunday (March 14) for best comedy album, but she gave a tearful acceptance speech on a different national telecast.
Her 2019 special Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah won for best comedy album, making Haddish the sixth woman overall to win in this category and the second Black woman to receive the accolade after Whoopi Goldberg 35 years ago in 1986. She’s the first woman to win for best comedy album since Kathy Griffin in 2014.
While filming her CBS show Kids Say the Darndest Things, Haddish’s producer casually slipped in that she had won, beating out the four white men nominated in the field — Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt. She told two Black girls named Lauren and Ava about how “happy” she was just to be nominated before finding out the news of her win and letting her guests in on the history she had just made.
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) March 15, 2021
“I just won a Grammy,” her producer mentioned to her in her earpiece, much to her surprise.
“I just what? I just won a Grammy? Are you serious?” Haddish asked her producer while on set, the shock palpable on her face before the humbling waterworks settled in. “You know a Black woman hasn’t won in that category since 1986? Yeah, a Black woman hasn’t won for best comedy album since Whoopi Goldberg.”
“Can I tell you why I’m crying?” the 41-year-old comedian and actress later asked Lauren and Ava before her voice cracked. “It’s a lot of bumpy roads that you cross, right? And it’s a lot of times you feel like, Well, am I doing the right thing? Is this good enough? Am I good enough? Am I strong enough to do this job? And then you just have to believe in yourself as much as you can. And against all odds, you just say, You know what? I’mma just put my best foot forward and I’m going to give the world the best that I got.”
She continued giving her thoughtful acceptance speech in an extended four-minute video that she uploaded to her YouTube channel on Monday (March 15), the day after the 63rd annual Grammy Awards.
“I was Working today for @kidssaythedarndestthings Airing very soon on @cbstv . The Producers decided to tell me I WON a Grammy while I was interviewing these two young ladies Lauren and Ava, that want to someday be president of the United States of America. I was flooded with a such a since of accomplishment and relief,” she added in the video description. “I kinda didn’t know what to say. I just wanted to cry but I knew it would have confused the babies. So I decided to use that moment to teach and share my feelings. Thank you @recordingacademy for the honor. Thank you to everyone that made #blackmitzvah happen.”
Watch Haddish’s full reaction to her Grammys win below.