The Politics of the Spoken Word Grammy
Did you know that Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton are nominated for Grammys this year? The first lady is nominated in the best spoken word album category for her book American Grown, along with the former president for his book Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government For a Strong Economy. Another political nominee this year is TV host Rachel Maddow, who's nominated for her book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. In the spoken word category, Rachel follows in the footsteps of fellow political hosts Stephen Colbert (who was nominated in 2009) and Jon Stewart (who won in 2011).
Since 1959, when the spoken word album Grammy was created, it's had presidents, first wives, senators, and civil rights leaders in its nominee and winner pools. You may be surprised at the political figures — including three US presidents — who can call themselves Grammy winners. Find out more about this category's history now!