20 November 2019 18:45
Michelle Obama — former first lady, best-selling author and "world's most admired woman" — can now add a new accolade to her resume: Grammy nominee. That's right, the Grammy nominations were announced on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday, and Mrs. Obama is nominated for best spoken word album for the audio version of her memoir "Becoming." Fellow nominees in the category include members of the Beastie Boys and actor-director John Waters. "Becoming" is on track to be the best-selling memoir ever. According to Bertelsmann SE, the German conglomerate that has a controlling stake in publisher Penguin Random House, the book surpassed 10 million copies sold in March. "I'm not aware, in my personal experience with Penguin Random House, that we ever sold 10 million units of a memoir," chief executive Markus Dohle told The Wall Street Journal at the time.
The memoir follows her journey from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to life after the White House. She also criticizes President Trump in the book, saying she could "never forgive" him for the birther conspiracy claims against her husband, and for putting her family's safety at risk. Aside from becoming a hugely successful author, she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, have also become producers. The first of their many projects produced for Netflix premiered in August — a documentary called "American Factory." The power couple's Higher Ground Productions is set to release a whole slate of content on the streaming service. Mrs. Obama was also named the "world's most admired woman" in a YouGov poll this year.
Obama, 55, will be up against an eclectic mix of authors and entertainers in the category, which includes poetry, audiobooks and storytelling. Among the other nominees in her category: the Beastie Boys, actor John Waters, poet Sekou Andrews, and musician Eric Alexandrakis. The Spoken Word category has a long history of political winners and nominees. Former President Carter has won a Grammy in the category three times, while former Presidents Obama and Clinton have each picked up the trophy twice. It's not the first time Michelle Obama has been nominated for the Recording Academy's highest honor.
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. Also Read: 2020 Grammy Nominations: Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X Lead the Pack 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 Also Read: Eddie Murphy Says Barack Obama Pushed Him to Return to Standup Obama joins her husband, two-time Grammy winner Barack Obama, as a nominee in the spoken word category. Fellow ex-president Jimmy Carter won three Grammys in the category: one in 2007, another in 2016 and the most recent one in 2019. Also Read: CBS Studios' James Comey Series Casts Its Obama 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. Over the last few months, Michelle Obama's best-selling memoir has been such a big hit with readers, that the former First Lady was inspired to pen a guided journal to help people become their best selves. On Tuesday, Obama's Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice was released nationwide. The new work offers inspirational quotes from the former First Lady, along with writing prompts for an interactive and proactive way to help people work toward improving their lives, The IBTimes reports. READ MORE: Michelle Obama's next project is a companion to 'Becoming' It's not about where you get yourself in the end. There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there's grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become," Obama says according to the journal's description. The journal offers more than 150 inspirational tidbits like: "If there is one thing I've learned in life, it's the power of using your own voice. Write about a time when you spoke your truth to others. What did you learn?" and "Write about a specific experience when someone dislodged a dream of yours by trying to lower your expectations. How did you try to become that obstacle?" The best-selling author told USA Today that she wanted people to be inspired. "We don't have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value." The journal is available now and is reasonably priced, ranging between $12.27 and $19.99 based on where you purchase it. READ MORE: Michelle Obama honored with 'Caregiver Champion' award The book is not the only exciting thing going on in our "Forever First Lady"'s life. Obama also recently got emotional last month when she accepted the Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion award for the compassion she has shown towards wounded soldiers. Obama attended the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Hidden Heroes gala in Washington D.C. and shared during her speech the eye-opening difficulties that members of military vets endure, PEOPLE reports. She learned a lot about their issues during her husband Barack Obama's two-term presidency. "You all changed me forever," she said. "You have changed the way I see service, you've changed the way I see war, you've changed the way I see this entire country. "I was like most Americans, sadly. I had absolutely no idea what the life of a military family member was like," Obama admitted. The popular book by Michelle Obama titled "Becoming" has been nominated under the category of Spoken word which includes poetry, audiobooks, and storytelling, for Grammy Awards. "Becoming" is a memoir which details a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. Warm, wise, and revelatory, "Becoming" is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. The book is in the same category as books such as Beastie Boys Book, I.V., 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor, Mr. Know-It-All, and Sekou Andrews & The String Theory. Should she win, Michelle will join the many world leaders that have been winners under this category. Michelle's husband, Barack Obama is a two-time Grammy winner. He won in 2006 and 2008. Fellow ex-president Jimmy Carter won three Grammy awards 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.