If she wins, Michelle will join the likes of Jimmy Carter, Carrie Fisher, Stephen Colbert, and her husband Barack Obama who has taken the Grammy home twice.
Former First Lady and best-selling author Michelle Obama has added yet another impressive accolade to her already badass resume. The mother-of-two bagged a Grammy nomination for the audio version of her memoir Becoming, which by the way, is on its way to becoming the best-selling memoir ever. Nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category, the 55-year-old is joined by the Beastie Boys, actor-director John Waters, poet Sekou Andrews, and musician Eric Alexandrakis in the fight for the Grammy.
The nomination is the latest in a long line of impressive things Michelle has accomplished this year, a testament to her being named the World's Most Admired Women in July. According to CBS News, Michelle will have to wait until January 26, 2020, to find out if she'll be taking a Grammy home. If she does win against the eclectic mix of authors and entertainers nominated in the category, she'll be joining the likes of Jimmy Carter, Carrie Fisher, Stephen Colbert, and her husband Barack Obama who is a two-time winner back in 2006 and 2008.
The Spoken Word category has a long history of political winners and nominees aside from Carter and Obama. According to Daily Mail, another former President to secure a victory in the category is Bill Clinton who won in 2005. His wife Hillary, too, previously beat her competitors and won a Grammy in the category in 1997. Although she was nominated again in 2004, she lost to fellow Democratic politician, Al Franken.
Michelle's now Grammy-nominated memoir has seen astronomical success since its release and according to publisher Penguin House, is on course to becoming the best-selling memoir ever. As of March 2019, Becoming, which follows Michelle's journey from her childhood on the south side of Chicago to life after the White House, sold in excess of 10 million copies. "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 previously remarked.
The former First Lady addressed her fans on social media earlier this week, reflecting on the past year. "Today I stopped by @politicsprose, a local bookstore here in DC, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of 'Becoming'. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since I shared my story with the world. Since the #IAmBecoming tour came to a close, I found myself reflecting on many of the conversations I had with so many of you—from the book clubs and community groups I visited to all the thoughtful comments and conversations we had online," she wrote on Instagram.
"I noticed so many of us face a common challenge—that no matter who we are or where we come from, too often, we convince ourselves that our stories don’t matter. So, as we approach a New Year, I wanted to find a way to help us all embrace our own stories. That’s what the Becoming Journal is all about—reflecting on our lives, especially the tiniest details. That’s how we can keep becoming—by seeing our stories for the powerful truths that they are, and then, by reaching out to each other and embracing all the vulnerability, the wisdom, and the twists and turns that both make our journeys so unique—and bind us together so tightly. I’m so excited to share the journal with you," she concluded.