Grammys 2021: Ken Jennings Nominated for Award for ‘Alex Trebek – The Answer Is’ Audiobook

by Jon D. B.

“Who is… Ken Jennings!” The all-time ‘Jeopardy’ champ and interim host has scored his first Grammy nomination – but believes the late Trebek should’ve been nominated in his place.

Up for “Best Spoken Word Album” is ‘Jeopardy’s own Ken Jennings. The nomination comes via a narration of his late mentor’s memoir: ‘Alex Trebek: The Answer Is… Reflections on My Life.’

This is a first for Jennings, and he seemed more shocked than anyone to learn of the honor. “Wait… What!?” he tweeted of his initial reaction. The host, however, believes that this honor should belong to Alex Trebek himself – posthumous or not:

“This should 100% be Alex’s Grammy nomination. He wrote the book and reads much of the audiobook! Who do I speak to about this?” Jennings follows up in another tweet.

Regardless, the ‘Jeopardy!” champ has some remarkable competition come March 14’s Grammys. His staunchest “Best Spoken Word Album” opponent? None other than Meryl Streep for her reading of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.”

As always, Jennings takes this on the chin – and with a healthy dose of humor.

“I want to win this for Alex, but taking down Meryl Streep (& Full Cast) is gonna be sweet,” Jennings tweeted.

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While Jennings is surely deserving of the nomination, The Wrap reports that “representative[s] for the Recording Academy did not immediately respond to a clarification on the rules for why Jennings was nominated over Trebek.”

As for the book itself, Trebek’s memoir was published in 2020 shortly after making his stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis public knowledge. Before his death, Trebek and his protege, Jennings, were able to narrate the book in full.

The world then lost the beloved host Sunday, November 8. His wife of 30 years, Jean, alongside children Matthew, Emily, and Nicky, survive him.

Before his passing, Trebek would oversee one of the highlights of both his and Jennings’ careers as the latter claimed his “Greatest of All Time” title during ‘Jeopardy!’s historic primetime championship. Previous to his crowning, Jennings was already the record holder for most consecutive wins on the show at a whopping 74 episodes/bouts.

Aside from Meryl Streep, his other competition for the Grammy include Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea for his memoir “Acid For the Children,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for the reading of her book “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth,” and Ronan Farrow for “Catch And Kill,” The Wrap cites.