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:


  • Tangchung

    Best spoken word, FUBO

  • Roto

    It should be called The Pravda Award….

  • Pat Loudoun

    Since they don’t believe conservatives should be allowed to speak at all, this surprises me little.

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Forget the Grammys. Why is the Nobel committee passing His Majesty over again?
    Has The Dronemaster offended them?

  • © Sponge

    And the grammys have mattered since, when exactly?

    • Rabid

      At least since Metallica performed “Wherever I may Roam”

    • TheOriginalDonald

      I’m sure if she the time to write a book Alison Krauss would win Best Spoken Word album.

    • almarquardt

      Since it became more about showing off body parts than music.

  • TocksNedlog

    Well, this is sure to increase sales of their spoken-word recordings!

    Greedy capitalists.

  • notenoughtime

    Just another award to give out to those with little talent or a message that does not need to be heard. Hardly relevant and certainly not worth the time to tune in!

  • SuperFash


    • TheOriginalDonald

      no, GTE

  • Maxx

    If anyone in this country should get a Grammy for “Best Spoken Word,” it should be Dr. Ben Carson.

  • Insubordinate

    Don’t forget those insightful acceptance speeches. Most recently, Jamie Foxx: “Black people are the most talented people in the world”.

  • linnicy

    Thank you Lord for good books!

  • Sasha Williams

    Maybe if conservatives didn’t insult or alienate over half the country every time they spoke, a righty might win a grammy for spoken word

  • RIChris

    Being as there are many words to each ‘performance’, just which spoken word was deemed to be the best in each?

  • Gallatin

    This is a perfect example of why hollyweird has no relevance.

  • Lia Markham

    One often has to wonder if this whole “spoken word” category is fixed. Now the Grammys have gotten political

  • Guest

    DON”T WATCH!!! I boycott all liberal propaganda programming such as this.

  • [email protected]

    Wow. You guys leave out the only REALLY stunning performance of the finalists for Spoken Word? Janis Ian reading/singing her SOCIETY’S CHILD Autobiography?

  • Guest

    Mooch can put her award next to her husband’s equally “meritorious” Nobel Prize.
    Obama would be given an Oscar for best actor in a leading role, IF he ever led.