Ken Jennings is one of the most iconic faces associated with Jeopardy !. (Photo by Eric McCandless / ABC via Getty Images)
Ken Jennings is a name that Jeopardy is very familiar with! Fans, not so much music lovers.
However, the winner of the game show’s “Greatest of All Time” tournament and holder of the record for the longest winning streak earned a mention in the announcement of the nominees for the 2021 Grammys on Tuesday. For his co-telling of the audio version of Late Jeopardy! It received a nod in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Host Alex Trebek’s July book The Answer Is …: Reflections on my life.
In the audio press release, Trebek explained Jennings’ involvement. “I wanted to tell as much of the book as I could, especially parts of it, but I feared my voice would give way and asked if Ken Jennings would help me. He graciously agreed, and now you can hear the stories we both read, ”said Trebek, who died on Nov. 8 after being diagnosed and treated for pancreatic cancer.
Jennings was just as pleasantly surprised as the rest of us to hear the Grammy news.
This should be 100% Alex’s Grammy nomination. He wrote the book and reads a lot from the audio book! Who am I talking to?
– Ken Jennings (@ KenJennings) November 24, 2020
He gave Trebek all the credit. The two had grown closely since Jennings first appeared on the quiz show in 2004.
After Trebek’s death, Jennings was one of the first to pay tribute: “Alex wasn’t just the best thing he ever did. He was also a gracious and deeply decent man, and I am grateful for every minute I spent with him. “
He said on Tuesday: “I want to win this for Alex” but Trebek is not his only motivation. He joked that he would particularly enjoy “defeating” one of his competitors: famous actress Meryl Streep. She was part of the cast for an audio version of the next-nominated EB White children’s classic Charlotte’s Web.
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Jennings’ competition includes Streep and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Flea (Michael Balzary) for Acid for the Children: A Memoir; MSNBC presenter Rachel Maddow for Blowout, her volume on the oil and gas industry’s impact on democracy; and Catch and Kill by journalist Ronan Farrow, who follows his coverage of the sexual misconduct allegations that brought down Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile entertainment figures.
Danger! Viewers will soon see Jennings every day – temporarily at least. He is one of the people who were won over to present the show in the period after Trebek. The producers have yet to announce the others who will step up to the lectern that Trebek had occupied since 1984.
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