Michelle Obama is a woman who has worn many hats in her lifetime: lawyer, First Lady, daughter, wife, mother, author. And as of tonight, January 26, Grammy winner.
Obama won her first Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio book of her bestselling memoir, Becoming. She beat out Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Scott Sherratt and Dan Zitt for the Beastie Boys Book, Eric Alexandrakis for I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor, John Waters for Mr. Know-It-All, and Sekou Andrews & The String Theory for Sekou Andrews & The String Theory.
Sadly, the award was announced off-camera and the former FLOTUS was not in attendance, so the world missed out on what would surely have been an amazing acceptance speech (and red-carpet moment). Neither Obama or her husband have commented on the win yet on social media, but we expect a glowing post from Barack at some point—especially given how adorable his last birthday tweet was.
It’s not super surprising that Becoming was named Best Spoken Word Album by the Recording Academy given its massive worldwide success. It is on track to become the best-selling memoir of all time and back in the spring of 2019 had already sold 10 million copies. To promote the book (which was originally published in 2018), Obama also went on a book tour unlike most others. She sold out arenas typically reserved for rocks stars, with some tickets selling for over $3000 each.
“But the truth is, for me, each decade has offered something amazing that I would never have imagined. And if I had stopped looking, I would have missed out on so much,” Obama told Oprah Winfrey when Becoming was published. “So I’m still becoming, and this is the story of my journey. Hopefully, it will spark conversations, especially among young people, about their journeys.”
Considering a documentary (American Factory on Netflix) from the Obamas’ production company is currently nominated for an Oscar, can an EGOT be far behind?