It’s sometimes said that awards shows are an opportunity for the media to celebrate itself — and if that’s true, then the media must love the Obamas.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama won her first Grammy award on Sunday for the audiobook of her bestselling memoir Becoming, according to The Hill. The Grammys announced Obama’s win for Best Spoken Word Album ahead of Sunday night’s awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Other Grammy winners announced during Sunday night’s pre-show included Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, who won for the music video for “Old Town Road;” Beyoncé, whose movie Homecoming won for Best Music Film; and Lady Gaga, who won two awards for her work in A Star is Born, Fox News reported.
A Grammy for Mrs. Obama
Becoming became an instant bestseller when it was released in November 2018 and went on to become the top-selling book of the year, according to Publishers Weekly. The audiobook of the memoir, which recounts the former first lady’s life and career from her upbringing in Chicago to her time in the White House, was narrated by Obama herself.
Michelle Obama revealed in the book that she sought marriage counseling with Barack at one time, suffered a miscarriage, and used in vitro fertilization to conceive her daughters, the Daily Mail reported. She also criticized Donald Trump in sharp terms for spreading the theory that her husband is not a United States citizen.
The former FLOTUS was nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category alongside the Beastie Boys, musician Eric Alexandrakis, filmmaker John Waters and poet Sekou Andrews.
Ms. Obama was previously nominated in the category in 2013 for American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Her husband Barack has won two Grammys in the category, one in 2006 for Dreams From My Father and another in 2008 for The Audacity of Hope.
The Grammys love the Dems
Of course, the Obamas are not the first big-name Democrats to win at the Grammys. Former President Jimmy Carter has won the Spoken Word category three times, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and recordings of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt have also received the award.
Bill and Hillary Clinton have also both won in the category, the latter for her book It Takes a Village, according to The Wrap.
A new documentary about the failed presidential candidate, Hillary, was released this weekend, according to the New York Post, prompting speculation that the former secretary of State still wants to run for president. The movie features Hillary Clinton’s own narration and shows her privately fuming at Bernie Sanders, her 2016 primary rival.
Not unlike the Clintons, the Obamas have recently gone from lives of public service to private enrichment, embarking on successful careers as public speakers, authors, and media producers since leaving the White House. Their Netflix documentary, American Factory, has been nominated for an Oscar, Breitbart notes.
Indeed, while they may be long gone from Washington, it looks like the Democrats’ favorite power couples aren’t looking to get out of the spotlight anytime soon.