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Controversial comedian Louis CK won a Grammy for his album Sincerely Louis CK.
The American star, who won 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 women without their consent – in his now award-winning special.
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At the time, Louis CK said he felt ‘remorse’ for his actions, admitting he had used his ‘power’ over women ‘irresponsibly’.
The scandal caused him to temporarily “retreat” from the spotlight, saying he would “take a long time to listen”.
He also lost his production deal with FX, which aired his series Louie.
The 54-year-old returned to the stage during a national tour last year.
The Grammys – which are the most prestigious awards in music and audio – are facing a backlash against his victory.
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Many are questioning the so-called “cancel culture” – a topic already widely discussed after Will Smith’s recent Oscar win, moments after punching comedian Chris Rock in the face.
American journalist David M Perry tweeted an article about the #MeToo movement, and the message: “Louis CK, who masturbated in front of women without their consent and then saw his career derailed, has just won the award for best Grammys comedy album.
“We are far from being able to count on sexual misconduct, even in the narrow slice of professional contexts.”
Producer and screenwriter Carina Mackenzie tweeted, “Louis CK just won a Grammy, in case you’re still crying about cancel culture.”
Columnist Dr Mia Brett said: “Louis CK just won a Grammy asshole while you all call Will Smith’s head or cry about cancel culture. There’s no consequence for white cishet men.”
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Speaking at the time of Grammy nominations last year, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr told US media that the organization did not consider the personal stories of potential nominees when determination of eligibility.
Louis CK has competed against fellow artists Lavell Crawford, Chelsea Handler, Lewis Black and Kevin Hart this year. He has already won two Grammys, in 2011 and 2015.
He has not accepted his Grammys award in person and has yet to comment on his win.
Sky News has contacted Louis CK representation for comment.
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