The former first lady is now a quarter of the way to becoming an EGOT - someone who's won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
A first lady may not be the first person you imagine when you think about EGOT winners. However, former first lady Michelle Obama is here to turn your misconceptions on their head. She was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for best spoken word album. And, she won! Her audiobook recording of her bestselling memoir Becoming won the coveted award this year, which means Obama is already a quarter of the way to becoming an EGOT icon. Is there possibly anything that she can't do?
Obama beat actor John Waters and his recording of Beastie Boys Book, a book about the groundbreaking hip hop group from New York City. Sadly, she was not present at the Grammys in order to collect her award, probably because she was out saving the world or something totally casual like that. Nonetheless, presenter Esperanza Spalding claimed she would "gladly accept [the Grammy Award] on her behalf." Spalding, too, won big at this year's Grammys. She took home the award for best jazz vocal album for 12 Little Spells. This is the fourth Grammy win of her entire career so far. Maybe she could be Obama's little magic charm.
While Obama is our forever first lady, she isn't the first one to win a Grammy. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the first to do so. She took home a Grammy in 1997 for the same category. The Grammy was handed to her book It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, which detailed Clinton's vision for the children of America. She's also the second Obama to win a Grammy. Husband and former President Barack Obama has won two Grammy Awards, one in 2006 and another in 2008 for his memoirs Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.
Speaking of the power couple, they are up for another prestigious award soon enough: an Academy Award. The Obamas' production company, Higher Ground Productions, won a nomination for American Factory, a Netflix documentary about an abandoned General Motors factory in post-industrial Ohio. If the documentary wins, Michelle will be halfway on her way to EGOT-ing, the term for winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Though we probably shouldn't expect to see her dancing and singing in a musical anytime soon, it isn't out of grasp to say that Obama is capable of pretty much anything. She's America's superwoman.