On Sunday night, it’s almost a sure bet that another liberal will take home a Grammy Award in the Spoken Award Category.
As Ryan Teague Beckwith reports:
A 1961 Grammy was awarded to “FDR Speaks,” a boxed set of recordings of speeches by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A collection of interviews about the late President John F. Kennedy with members of his family won in 1966. And a set of interviews with former President Harry Truman was nominated in 1978.
Then, in 1997, Hillary Clinton recorded the audiobook version of “It Takes a Village,” a collection of her thoughts on politics and values. Clinton’s star power helped bring new recognition to audiobooks, a growing segment of the publishing industry, though she joked that she didn’t know they gave Grammys to “tone-deaf people.”
Within a few years, politics had all but taken over the category.
The Academy went on to recognize a streak of former, future and would-be Democratic presidents, with Bill Clinton winning in 2005 for “My Life,” his autobiography; Barack Obama taking the honors in 2006 for “Dreams from My Father,” his autobiography; Jimmy Carter winning in 2007 for “Our Endangered Values,” a treatise on politics and religion; Obama winning again in 2008 for “The Audacity of Hope,” a campaign book; and former vice president Al Gore nabbing an award in 2009 for “An Inconvenient Truth,” a book about climate change.
In 2004, the Spoken Award winner was Al Franken for Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.
They really should just rename it: