Tiffany Haddish wasn’t expecting to win the Grammy for best comedy album on March 14. A video the actress and comedian posted on Instagram showed she was on the Kids Say the Darndest Things set when a producer shared the exciting news in her earpiece. The historic win understandably brought up a lot of emotions for Tiffany, but she chose to use the opportunity as a teaching moment for the young girls — Lauryn and Ava — on set.
“You know a Black woman hasn’t won in that category since 1986?” Tiffany told Lauryn and Ava. “Yeah, a Black woman hasn’t won for best comedy album since Whoopi Goldberg.” She told the kids she started crying because of all the effort it took to be recognized for her achievements. Her Grammy-award-winning album Black Mitzvah is just one facet of her long career.
“It’s a lot of bumpy roads that you cross,” she explained. “There’s a lot of times you feel like, ‘Well, am I doing the right thing? Is this good enough? Am I good enough? Am I strong enough to do this job?’ And then, you just have to believe in yourself as much as you can, and against all odds, just say, ‘You know what? I’m going to put my best foot forward and I’m going to give the world the best that I got.'”
On her Instagram, Tiffany elaborated further on the special moment. “I was flooded with a such a sense of accomplishment and relief,” she wrote in the caption. “I kinda didn’t know what to say. I just wanted to cry but I knew it would have confused the babies. So I decided to use that moment to teach and share my feelings.”