Michelle Obama,55, is nominated for the best-spoken word album award for the audiobook of her memoir ‘Becoming’ at the 62nd Grammy Awards. She has already been crowned the ‘World’s Most Admired Women’ in July.
‘Becoming’ released in November 2018 and sold 10 million copies in four months. It narrates her journey from her childhood in the Southside of Chicago to life after her eight years with husband in the White House.
If she wins, this would be the third Grammy for the Obamas. Former President Barack Obama has won two Grammy awards in the same category in 2006 and 2008. His audiobook recordings named “Dreams of My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope’ attained him the trophy.
Along with Michelle Obama, the other nominees in the same category are Eric Alexandrakis (I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years as A Two-Time Cancer Survivor), John Waters (Mr. Know-It-All), Sekou Andrews & The String Theory, and Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys (Beastie Boys Book).
Fellow former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton also have the Grammy trophies in their stake in the same category. Carter grabbed it in 2007, followed by 2016 and another one in January this year.
Clinton won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 2005. His better half Hillary Clinton also has one in her wins back in 1997. She was again nominated in 2004 but lost against the fellow politician, Al Franken.
This is Michelle Obama’s second nomination for the recording Academy’s highest honor. Her first was a book filled with gardening tips and cooking recipes named American Grown in the year 2012.
Michelle Obama addressed her fans on social media, “I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I published my memoir. And I hope you know how meaningful it’s for me to connect with all of you – the little girls who hug me in line at a bookstore, the teenagers who opened up their hearts to me. I have noticed that so many of us face a common challenge, that too often we think our stories don’t matter.
I have learned a different truth. The most quiet, mundane moments lay bare the most powerful truths in our lives. So as we head into this year, I want to encourage you all to embrace those tiny moments and write them down. And maybe, if you want, share them with your friends. That’s how we can keep ‘Becoming’.