Michelle Obama Just Got a Grammy Nomination

And she’s going up against the Beastie Boys

Last Updated: November 20, 2019 @ 6:35 AM

Among the many talented artists nominated for Grammys this morning, one name might jump out at you: Michelle Obama.

The former first lady of the United States of America is nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category, which includes poetry, audio books and storytelling.

Her “Becoming” memoir will go up against the Beastie Boys (so it’s no “Sure Shot” for Obama), among other contenders. See all the nominees in that category below.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
Beastie Boys Book — (Various Artists) Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Scott Sherratt and Dan Zitt, producers
Becoming — Michelle Obama
I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As a Two-Time Cancer Survivor — Eric Alexandrakis
Mr. Know-It-All — John Waters
Sekou Andrews & The String Theory — Sekou Andrews & The String Theory

Obama joins her husband, two-time Grammy winner Barack Obama, as a nominee in the spoken word category. He won in 2006 and 2008.

Fellow ex-president Jimmy Carter won three Grammys in the category: one in 2007, another in 2016 and the most recent one in 2019. Bill Clinton won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 2005. His wife Hillary Clinton won the category back in 1997, and was nominated again in 2004. That year, she lost to another Democrat politician, Al Franken.

See the full list of nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards here.

Michelle Obama attended the 2019 Grammys as a presenter of sorts. Read about her appearance here.

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