WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former first lady Michelle Obama won her first Grammy award on Sunday for Best Spoken Word Album for her bestselling book ‘Becoming.’
- Since she did not attend the awarding ceremony held at the Staples Center, Grammy awardee for Best Jazz vocal album Esperanza Spalding received her trophy in her stead.
- The memoir, which follows Mrs. Obama’s life from childhood to the White House, became the bestselling book of the year selling millions of copies worldwide.
Michelle Obama nabbed a Grammy award for the audiobook version of her 2018 bestselling memoir ‘Becoming’ in the Spoken Word Album category.
The Best Spoken Word Album award, which has been awarded since 1959, gives special recognition to achievements in poetry reading, audiobooks and storytelling. The former first lady bested fellow nominees including Dan Zitt for “Beastie Boys Book”, actor John Waters, producer Eric Alexandrakis and poet Sekou Andrews.
The memoir traces Mrs. Obama’s childhood in the South Side of Chicago to her life in the White House. Following the November 2018 release of the memoir’s text version, millions of copies quickly sold around the world making it the bestselling book of the year. It also held the longest streak at No.1 on Amazon for any book since 2012’s “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
Presenter Esperanza Spalding and winner of this year’s Grammy for best Best Jazz Vocal album, accepted the award on Mrs. Obama’s behalf since she wasn’t there at the Staples Center on Sunday’s ceremonies to accept her award in person.
Obama is the second first lady to win a Grammy for the best-spoken word album. In 1997, Hillary Clinton nabbed the Best Spoken Word Album award for her book “It Takes A Village”.
This is the third Grammy win for the Obama household since her husband, former President Barack Obama has already two Grammy wins in the same category to his credit- first in 2006 for his memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” and the second in 2008 for “The Audacity of Hope.”