The former first lady faced tough competition in the 2024 Grammys storytelling category, ultimately winning for her narration of 'The Light We Carry'
The former first lady, 60, won the award for best audio book, narration, and storytelling recording at this year’s pre-telecast ceremony for doing the voiceover on her latest book, The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.
The category also included Sen. Bernie Sanders (for his audio book It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism), Meryl Streep (for narrating Brian Selznick’s Big Tree), William Shatner (for Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder), and record producer Rick Rubin (for The Creative Act: A Way of Being).
The Light We Carry, published in November 2022, is a collection of Obama’s experiences as a political figure, a mother, a spouse and a woman in the world. In telling stories that offer “insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power,” Obama’s work for her third book has earned her a spot on the New York Times’ Bestseller list and nabbed her an Emmy nomination through a Netflix special with Oprah.
Half a memoir and half a self-help book, Obama’s nonfiction project arose from the world’s ongoing political unrest and uncertainty in face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE before the book’s release, she shared her coping mechanisms and lessons gleaned from reflecting on her life during the anxious years of 2020-2021.
“These are the things I say to myself when I need to pick myself up,” she told PEOPLE. “This is how I stay visible in a world that doesn't necessarily see a tall Black woman. This is how I stay armored up when I'm attacked. The book is that offering.
Obama previously won a Grammy in 2020 for the audiobook of her first memoir, Becoming. Although she wasn’t present to accept the award, presenter Esperanza Spalding said she would “gladly accept on her behalf.”
With her win for The Light We Carry, she ties her Grammy count with husband and former President Barack Obama, who also has two awards in the spoken word category.
The 66th Grammy Awards aired live from Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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