Michelle Obama Wins Grammy for Audio Recording of ‘Becoming’

Michelle Obama can now add Grammy winner to her growing list of accolades after taking home a golden gramophone on Sunday.

What We Know:

  • The former first lady won her first Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook version of her best-selling memoir.
  • In her memoir, Obama tells the story of her childhood and life leading up to the 2008 election. It went on to sell more than 11 million copies and is one of the top-selling autobiographies ever written, according to the publisher.
  • The 56-year-old beat out other nominees including Scott Sherratt and Dan Zitt for Beastie Boys Book.
  • Though she wasn’t on hand to accept the award at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Best Jazz Vocal Album winner Esperanza Spalding told the audience that she would “gladly accept on her behalf”.
  • At last year’s Grammys, Mrs. Obama surprised the crowd when she made an appearance onstage alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Alicia Keys. Even though there was no golden trophy for her that night, she did earn a 25-second standing ovation.
  • Michelle Obama isn’t the first wife of a U.S. president to win a Grammy. Back in 1997, Hillary Clinton won in the same category for her book, It Takes A Village.
  • There could be another award on the horizon for the both of them next month at the Oscars, or at least an award for a project they both had a hand in creating, for their Netflix documentary American Factory.
  • Former vice president and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden congratulated Michelle Obama on her Grammy, tweeting: “Just beat Barack to an EGOT, will ya?”

Former President Barack Obama (58) nabbed the award in 2006 for his recording of Dreams From My Father and again in 2008 for The Audacity of Hope.