Michelle Obama receives Grammy nomination for audio version of memoir

There has been sustained talk of former First Lady Michelle Obama potentially making a late entrance into the 2020 presidential race, most notably because none of the declared Democratic candidates have caught fire with voters and because, it is argued, Obama is widely beloved by a broad cross-section of the American people and would enjoy tremendous support in a presidential run.

While Obama still maintains that she has zero interest in running for the White House, further evidence has emerged that there is a level of great love and admiration for her, at least among liberals, which could translate into support from voters. In this particular case, Obama has been surprisingly nominated for a Grammy Award and stands a good chance of winning it, Breitbart reported.

Nominated for best spoken word album

The Recording Academy nominated Michelle Obama for a Grammy Award in the category of best spoken word album for the audio version of her bestselling memoir Becoming, which was published in 2018.

Other nominees in that category with Obama include composer Eric Alexandrakis, poet Sekou Andrews, rap group Beastie Boys, and filmmaker John Waters.

Should the former first lady win the award, she would follow in the footsteps of her husband, former President Barack Obama, who has twice won a Grammy for the audio versions of his books Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope, published in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

If that were to happen, it actually wouldn’t be the first time that a former first couple had separately won awards in that particular category.

As it turns out, former First Lady Hillary Clinton won the award in 1996 for It Takes a Village and former President Bill Clinton won it in 2006 for My Life.

Not her first Grammy appearance

Though this will be Michelle Obama’s first time being nominated for such an award, it won’t be her first time appearing at the annual Grammy Award ceremony.

Breitbart noted that Obama had made a surprise appearance during the opening segment of the most recent awards show when she came out on stage alongside celebrities and singers like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett Smith, and she and the others received great applause from the audience.

The upcoming Grammy Awards show is set to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and will be aired live by CBS on January 26, 2020.

Speculation continues

To be sure, there is a segment of the American population that will likely always unquestioningly love and support Michelle Obama — the same sort of people that religiously watch meaningless ceremonies like the Grammy Awards and place credence in who wins and loses those industry honors.

Whether that segment also keeps up with political developments and actually votes is an entirely separate question, so it remains to be seen if all of the media adulation for the former first lady would actually transition into voter support in the 2020 election.

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