The Grammys’ Best Spoken Word Album award honors achievements in poetry readings, audiobooks and storytelling. In addition to Obama, nominees included members of the Beastie Boys, actor John Waters, producer Eric Alexandrakis and poet Sekou Andrews.
Obama wasn’t at Sunday’s ceremony to collect her award, but Esperanza Spalding, who won this year’s Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal album, accepted it on her behalf.
A representative for the Obamas did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
In “Becoming,” Obama tells the story of her childhood and life leading up to the 2008 election. The memoir quickly became the bestselling book of the year following its release in November 2018 with millions of copies sold around the world.
Congratulations to @michelleobama on her Best Spoken Word Album GRAMMY Award win for her narration of the BECOMING #audiobook! #GRAMMYs@RecordingAcad#IAmBecominghttps://t.co/kKaKtniP1Npic.twitter.com/e9iS2IA73a— Penguin Random House Audio (@PRHAudio) January 26, 2020
Obama is the second first lady to win a Grammy. Hillary Clinton nabbed the Best Spoken Word Album award in 1997 for her book “It Takes A Village” during her husband’s presidency.
Former President Barack Obama has also won two Grammys in the same category for his memoirs “Dreams from My Father” in 2006 and “The Audacity of Hope” in 2008.
Following Michelle Obama’s win on Sunday, Twitter lit up with fans ― including former Vice President Joe Biden ― hoping she would go on to become an EGOT (a term for people who win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award).
The Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Productions, has been nominated for an Academy Award this year for the Netflix documentary “American Factory.”