Something for everyone. The Grammy Awards are known as “music’s biggest night,” but the Recording Academy also hands out a slew of trophies in non-musical categories — and you might be surprised who won them.
One of the main sources of unusual Grammy winners is the Best Spoken Word Album, first awarded in 1959. This award went to statesmen who read their speeches (Martin Luther King Jr.), poets who recited their works (Maya Angelou) and more recently to authors and actors who read audio books (Le Var Burton, Cynthia Nixon, Michael J Fox and many more).
Winning a Grammy certainly isn’t easy, but the sheer breadth of categories has helped a number of stars complete their EGOT: the showbiz feat of winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.
The legendary Audrey Hepburn, for example, won an Oscar for in 1953 roman vacationa Tony in 1954 for Ondine and an Emmy in 1993 for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn. 1994 finally the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star won a Grammy for Best Children’s Spoken Word Album, becoming the first person to win all four awards posthumously. (She died a month before the ceremony.)
Lisa Minelli Most recently, she received her Grammy after winning a Tony in 1965, an Oscar in 1972 and an Emmy in 1973 cabaret The actress took home a Grammy Legend Award in 1990, making her an official EGOT winner — a feat not even her mother, Judy Garland, accomplished. (The late The Wizard of Oz star was nominated for three Emmys but never won one.)
On the non-Hollywood end of the spectrum, the Grammys have also honored a number of past Presidents and former First Ladies, including bill clinton, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Jimmy Carter currently holds the record for most Presidential Grammys with three wins, but the boldness of hope The author could tie the Georgia native when the 64th Annual Grammy Awards air in April 2022. A promised land.
He’s not the only Grammy winner back home, either. His wife, MichelleObamaShe took the gold home with her in 2020 for the audio book of her memoirs. Will. The honor came a year after she made a surprise appearance at the ceremony next door Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
“From the Motown records, I wore out on the South Side [of Chicago] to the ‘Run the World’ songs that have driven me this past decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” the Illinois native said in February 2019 to thunderous applause. “Whether we like country, rap, or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and our sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to listen to each other, to invite each other. Music shows us that everything matters.”
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