Michelle Obama, the former first lady who is considered American royalty, can now add another distinction to her vast vault of accolades: a Grammy Award nomination.
As the nominations were announced on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, Obama was given a nod for best spoken word album for the audio version of her memoir Becoming.
The book was published in November 2018 and by March 2019 had surpassed 10 million copies sold, putting it on track to be the best-selling memoir ever, according to Bertelsmann SE, the German conglomerate that has a controlling stake in publisher Penguin Random House.
According to ABC News, if she wins, it will be the third Grammy for the Obama clan. Former President Barack Obama won two Grammy Awards in the same category in 2006 and 2008, respectively, for his audiobook recordings of Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.
For the latest edition of the Grammys, Michelle Obama will go up against another set of icons. Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz of the pioneering rap group Beastie Boys are nominated for Beastie Boys Book. Rounding out the category of nominees are John Waters (Mr. Know-It-All), Eric Alexandrakis (I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor) and Sekou Andrews & The String Theory.