Michelle Obama joined the ranks of Lil Nas X, Lady Gaga and Beyonce on Sunday at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
The 56-year-old former first lady can now add Grammy winner to her resume, after snagging the award on music’s biggest night for Best Spoken Word Album, for the audiobook of her memoir Becoming.
Her win on Sunday gives the Obama household its third Grammy: former president Barack Obama, 58, has already snagged two Grammys in the same category for his books.
She faced an eccentric group of rivals that included: Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys for Beastie Boys Book; John Waters, the director-performer known for his transgressive cult films, for Mr. Know-It-All; Eric Alexandrakis for I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor and Sekou Andrews for Sekou Andrews & The String Theory.
Released in late 2018, Becoming saw the former first lady slam President Donald Trump, 73, for questioning her husband’s citizenship and promoting the notion that he was born abroad.
‘The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,’ she wrote.
America’s first black first lady also dug into her personal life in her book, expounding on issues including a miscarriage, using in-vitro fertilization to conceive her daughters and marriage counseling.
Michelle was not in attendance at the Staples Center to accept her award.
Esperanza Spalding, 35, who presented the award collected it for her.
‘I will gladly accept on her behalf,’ said Esperanza who later won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal.
Michelle and Barack have been married since 1992.
They have daughters Malia, 21 and Sasha, 18, together. AFP/Daily Mail