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Michelle Obama Heavily Favored to Win Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

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Michelle Obama wowed with her book Becoming, but does it deserve a Grammy? “Photo by The White House [Wiki Commons]
  • Michelle Obama is nominated for her first-ever Grammy Award this year
  • Her audiobook, Becoming, is up for the category of Best Spoken Word Album
  • The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday, January 26, 2020

Did you ever think you’d hear the phrase “And the Grammy goes to Michelle Obama”? Well, this Sunday that may become a reality.

The former First Lady is nominated this year in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for her best-selling audiobook Becoming. Grammy odds show that Michelle is likely to win.

The autobiography was a major hit with readers and audiobook lovers. It seemed book fans couldn’t get enough of Michelle’s gripping life lessons, first-hand accounts, and nitty-gritty details of the amazing life she’s lived.

Now it’s time to see if Michelle has a chance of snagging a win at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Trophies will be handed out this Sunday, January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Odds on Michelle Obama to Win the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

Odd Odds
Yes -1500
No +700

Odds taken Jan. 23

Becoming was released right before Christmas in 2018 and went on to be the gift of the year. For anyone who has a mom, aunt, or any history buff in the household, you likely saw Michelle’s face kicking around the living room.

Now, Michelle’s Becoming has become a beloved tome that has acted as a beacon of light in spite of the confusing political climate. It seems this was the right book at the right time. Certainly, Grammy voters have paid attention to its success.

In all eight years she was First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama inspired and delighted the entire globe. It should be no surprise that her work is being recognized in a published format.

To snag a Grammy win, though, Michelle will have to navigate her way through her competitors. The category of Best Spoken Word Album this year also features some tough competition. Since the category encompasses audiobooks, poetry, and storytelling, it’s a big honor to take home the win more than ever.

The other category nominees include a tribute to one of the most well-loved groups of all time (The anthology Beastie Boys Book), a comedic take by a timeless comic (John Waters’ Mr. Know It All), a gripping health tale (I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor by Eric Alexandrakis), and a music-driven poetic ensemble (Sekou Andrews & The String Theory).

Political Power

The category for Best Spoken Word Album at the Grammys has a long-standing connection to the world of politics. In fact, Michelle’s husband Barack won this category both times when his spoken word albums were nominated, in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

American Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have also won in this category. Senators including Everett Dirksen, Hillary Clinton, and Al Franken took home the prize when they were nominated. Even spoken recordings of John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt ended up winning in their respective years, years after they’d respectively passed away.

When you consider Michelle’s competition ranges from fun and fluffy to artsy to heavy, it could certainly go any way. But you can’t deny the power of politics and the love affair the Recording Academy has had with politicians for decades now.

Add in Michelle’s personal magnetic qualities and that her audiobook is easily the most memorable and recognizable than any other competitor and you have a winner that’s easy to pick. She’s going to be a Grammy winner this Sunday.

Pick: Yes (-1500)

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