Louis CK: Grammy backlash as disgraced US comic wins best comedy album

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Controversial comedian Louis CK has won a Grammy for his album Sincerely Louis CK.

The American star, who took home the best comedy album gong, admitted to allegations of sexual misconduct after five women came forward in 2017.

He addressed the accusations - which revolved around him masturbating in front of the women without their consent - in his now award-winning special.

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At the time, Louis CK said he felt "remorseful" for his actions, admitting he had used his "power" over women "irresponsibly".

The scandal led to him temporarily "stepping back" from the spotlight, saying he would "take a long time to listen."

He also lost his production deal with FX, which broadcast his series Louie.

The 54-year-old returned to the stage in a national tour last year.

The Grammys - which are the most high-profile awards in music and audio - are facing a backlash against his win.

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Many are questioning so-called "cancel culture" - a topic already being widely discussed following Will Smith's recent Oscar win, just moments after hitting comedian Chris Rock in the face.

American journalist David M Perry tweeted an article on the #MeToo movement, and the message: "Louis CK, who masturbated in front of women without consent, then had their careers derailed, just won Best Comedy Album at the Grammys.

"We are nowhere close to a reckoning on sexual misconduct, even just in the narrow slice of professional contexts."

Producer and writer Carina Mackenzie tweeted: "Louis CK just won a Grammy, in case you were still crying about cancel culture."

Columnist Dr Mia Brett said: "Louis CK just won a whole ass Grammy while y'all are either calling for Will Smith's head or crying about cancel culture. There are no consequences for white cishet men."

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Speaking at the time of the Grammy nominations last year, The Recording Academy's CEO Harvey Mason Jr told US media that the organisation did not take the personal histories of potential nominees into account when determining eligibility.

Louis CK was up against fellow performers Lavell Crawford, Chelsea Handler, Lewis Black and Kevin Hart this year. He has won two Grammys previously, in 2011 and 2015.

He did not accept his award at the Grammys in person, and has not yet commented on winning the prize.

Sky News has contacted Louis CK's representation for comment.

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