Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPolitics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash To empower parents, reinvent schools Senate race in Ohio poses crucial test for Democrats MORE and Dave Chappelle are going head-to-head, garnering Grammy nominations in the same category.

The ex-commander in chief and the controversial comedian are among the contenders for best spoken word album, according to nominations announced on Tuesday.

Obama was nominated for the audio version of his 2020 memoir "A Promised Land," while Chappelle and poet Amir Sulaiman earned a nod for the comic's George Floyd-focused Netflix special, "8:46."


Other nominees in the category include LeVar Burton, Don Cheadle — who narrated the audio edition of late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Obama, Dave Chappelle nominated in same Grammy category MORE's (D-Ga.) book, "Carry On" — and J. Ivy.

Chappelle, 48, spurred controversy last month with the release of his latest Netflix special, "The Closer," in which he mocked the transgender community and used crude terms to refer to a transgender person's anatomy.

A win by Obama at the Grammys would mark his third time taking home the award. He won a Grammy in 2006 and 2008 in the same spoken word category.

The Grammy Awards are set to be held Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.