Michelle Obama Wins Grammy for Audio Recording of Her Memoir ‘Becoming’

Obama won the award for the Best Spoken Word Album

Last Updated: January 26, 2020 @ 4:53 PM

Former first lady Michelle Obama won a Grammy award for the audiobook of her memoir “Becoming” on Sunday at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards.

Obama won the award for the Best Spoken Word Album. She was among the early winners announced.

Obama beat out fellow nominees the Beastie Boys for their “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 for “Sekou Andrews & The String Theory.”

She joins the ranks of her husband, former president Barack Obama who won twice, in 2008 for “The Audacity of Hope” and again in 2006 for “Dreams From My Father.”

Obama isn’t the only first lady to have won big on music’s biggest night. Former first lady Hillary Clinton won in 1997 for “It Takes a Village.” 
The winningest political figure in the category is former president Jimmy Carter, who has won three times: in 2007 for “Our Endangered Values,” in 2016 for “A Full Life: Reflections at 90” and last year for “Faith: A Journey for All.”
Obama’s memoir follows her life growing up on the South Side of Chicago through her years as first lady of the United States.

Stay tuned for more winners to be announced throughout the evening during the award show.