Former First Lady Michelle Obama wins Grammy Award

Former First Lady Michelle Obama

By Tribune Staff

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has added another award to her list of accolades. She won her first Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook version of her best-selling memoir, “Becoming.” 

The memoir follows the journey from Mrs. Obama’s childhood in the South Side of Chicago to life after the White House. The memoir sold millions of copies and was followed by a sold-out tour. She triumphed over other nominees including Scott Sherratt and Dan Zitt for “Beastie Boys Book.”

Mrs. Obama wasn’t at the Staples Center to accept her award in person, so presenter Esperanza Spalding — this year’s Grammy winner for best jazz vocal album — accepted it 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.

Her husband, former President Barack Obama, already has two Grammy wins to his credit. He has won twice in the spoken word album category, first in 2006 for his memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” and again in 2008 for “The Audacity of Hope.” 

Mrs. Obama could be on her way to future EGOT status — the rare achievement of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. The Obamas are up for an Oscar for “American Factory,” the first documentary released by their production company, Higher Ground. The film, which was released by Netflix last year, earned a nomination for best documentary feature.

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