Ken Jennings is a reputation that’s very acquainted to Jeopardy! followers, not a lot music lovers.
And but, the winner of the sport present’s “Greatest of All Time” match and holder of the file for the longest profitable streak merited a point out in Tuesday’s announcement of nominees for the 2021 Grammys. He obtained a nod within the class of Best Spoken Word Album, for his co-narration of the audio model of late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s July e-book, The Answer Is…: Reflections of My Life.
In the press launch for the audio, Trebek defined Jennings’s involvement. “I wished to narrate as a lot of the e-book as I might, particularly sure elements, however I used to be nervous my voice would give out, so I requested if Ken Jennings would assist me out. He graciously agreed, and now you may hear the tales as learn by each of us,” mentioned Trebek, who died Nov. eight after a pancreatic most cancers prognosis and remedy.
Jennings was as pleasantly shocked as the remainder of us to hear the Grammy information.
This ought to 100% be Alex’s Grammy nomination. He wrote the e-book and reads a lot of the audiobook! Who do I communicate to about this
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 24, 2020
He gave all of the credit score to Trebek. The two had grown shut since Jennings first appeared on the quiz present in 2004.
After Trebek died, Jennings was one of many first to pay tribute: “Alex wasn’t simply the perfect ever at what he did. He was additionally a stunning and deeply first rate man, and I’m grateful for each minute I obtained to spend with him.”
He mentioned Tuesday that whereas, “I would like to win this for Alex,” Trebek isn’t his sole motivation. He joked that he’d take pleasure in “taking down” one among his opponents specifically: storied actress Meryl Streep. She was a part of the solid for an audio model of E.B. White kids’s basic Charlotte’s Web nominated alongside him.
In addition to Streep, Jennings’s competitors consists of Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Flea (Michael Balzary) for Acid for the Children: A Memoir; MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for Blowout, her tome on the oil and gasoline business’s impact on democracy; and journalist Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill, which follows his reporting on the sexual misconduct accusations that introduced down Harvey Weinstein and different high-profile figures in leisure.
Jeopardy! viewers will quickly see Jennings every day — quickly, anyway. He’s one of many individuals who’ve been tapped to host the present in its post-Trebek period. Producers have but to announce the others who will step up to the lectern Trebek had occupied since 1984.
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