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Michelle Obama’s Nomination and Other Grammy Curiosities

LOS ANGELES – Michelle Obama has been nominated for a Grammy on Wednesday for her book Becoming.

The former US first lady will be competing in the spoken-word category for the audio version of her hit memoir.

Obama made a surprise appearance at the gala last year when she took the stage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys.

“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said on February 10, 2019.

“Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys... Music shows us that all of it matters,” she added.

Other non-musical nominees were several celebrities under the best comedy album including Ellen DeGeneres with Relatable, Trevor Noah with Son of Patricia, Dave Chappelle with Sticks & Stones and Aziz Ansari with Right Now.

The 2020 edition of the Grammys has already made history with young talent dominating.

Billie Eilish at 17 has become the youngest artist to be nominated to the four main categories: album of the year (When We Fall Sleep, Where Do We Go?), song of the year, recording of the year (Bad Guy) and best new artist.

But the Recording Academy also honored some veteran artists among the newcomers.

American singer and actress Barbra Streisand has been nominated for the best traditional pop vocal album for Walls.

Legendary Willie Nelson country star and activist could take the Grammy for best country solo performance for Ride Me Back Home.

Queen of disco Gloria Gaynor received two Grammy nominations in the gospel category.

Gaynor will be competing with Talkin ‘bout Jesus in the best gospel performance/song section and in the best gospel album category with Testimony.

Two music giants will go head to head in the best song written for visual media with Randy Newman nominated for The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy featured in the Toy Story 4 movie and Dolly Parton for her Girl in the Movies from the movie Dumplin.

Irish band The Cranberries will be competing in the best rock album category with their In The End album which includes vocals from charismatic singer Dolores O’Riordan which were recorded before she died in January 2018 at age 46.

The 62 edition of the Grammy will be held on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with singer Alicia Keys presenting for the second consecutive year.

 

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