Former First Lady and best-selling author Michelle Obama has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her 2018 memoir ‘Becoming’.
Having already been crowned the ‘World’s Most Admired Women’ earlier this year, securing victory in the Spoken Word category at next year’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards would come as the latest accolade to add to the 55-year-old’s already expansive resume.
Snagging the nomination for the audiobook version of her memoir, Obama will be up against an eclectic mix of authors and entertainers in the category, which include works of poetry and storytelling, as well as other audiobooks.
Among the fellow nominees are members of the Beastie Boys, actor-director John Waters, poet Sekou Andrews, and musician Eric Alexandrakis.
Former First Lady and best-selling author Michelle Obama has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her 2018 memoir ‘Becoming’
The Spoken Word category has a long history of political winners and nominees, which include Obama’s husband, Barack, who has twice lifted the trophy both in 2006 and 2008.
Obama’s now Grammy-nominated book, Becoming, is on course to become the best-selling memoir ever, according to publisher Penguin House, having sold in excess of 10 million copies as of March this year
Fellow ex-presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton also have four wins between them in the same category. Carter first won in 2007, before securing victory again in 2016 and once more in January this year.
Clinton on the other hand won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 2005. His wife Hillary won the category back in 1997, and was nominated again in 2004 but lost out to fellow Democratic politician, Al Franken.
This comes as Michelle Obama’s second nomination for the Recording Academy’s highest honor, having first been named on the ballot in 2012 for her audiobook ‘American Grown’, a book filled with gardening tips and cooking recipes.
The Harvard graduate also made a surprise appearance on-stage at this year’s Grammy ceremony, appearing alongside host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jennifer Lopez, where she spoke about the impact music has had on her life.
‘From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside, to the “Who run the World” songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story,’ Obama told the audience.