Actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish had her fans in tears after she shared a video of her finding out she won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Haddish was told she won the prestigious award for her gut-busting album Black Mitzvah while filming an episode of Kids Say the Darndest Things with Tiffany Haddish.
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) March 15, 2021
Haddish was on stage with two young Black girls when she found out she won, telling them through tears to always strive and fight for their dreams even if they seem far-fetched.
“Y’all serious? I really won? You know a Black woman hasn’t won in that category since 1986. Can I tell you why I’m crying? It’s a lot of bumpy roads that you cross, right? And it’s a lot of times that you feel like, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Is this good enough? Am I good enough? Am I strong enough to do this job?’” she said.
“And then you just have to believe in yourself as much as you can. Against all odds, you just say, ‘You know what? I’m going to just put my best foot forward, and I’m going to give the world the best that I got.’ Right? Anything is possible,” she added.
The heartwarming video drew thousands of likes, and Haddish was trending on Twitter after more people saw the video and heard her inspiring words.
As Haddish noted, Whoopi Goldberg is the last Black woman to win the award for best comedy album, and she did it in 1986 with her album Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording.
Haddish’s Black Mitzvah features funny tales from her life but also stories about how much she struggled before making it big in the comedy world.
The adored comedienne shared she was living out of her car for many years as she did comedy shows and tried to make a name for herself, adding that it took years for her to make her way from open mic nights to Hollywood.
On Instagram, she shared a bit more about the moment.
“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,” Haddish wrote.
“I was flooded with a such a since of accomplishment and relief. 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,” she added.