Obama received the award for best spoken word album at the 2020 Grammys, beating out John Waters and two of the Beastie Boys for the audiobook version of her 2018 memoir Becoming. It’s not surprising that the memoir won out, considering that it was the best-selling hardcover book of 2018; Becoming surpassed 2 million books sold in the U.S. and Canada, selling more than 725,000 copies alone on its first day out.
Obama isn’t the only former first lady with a Grammy; Hillary Clinton won in the same category for the audiobook version of It Takes a Village in 1997. Barack Obama is no slouch in the Grammys department, either; the former president won twice, in 2006 and 2008, for his books Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope, respectively.
The Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Productions, just scored an Oscar nomination for the documentary American Factory, and Michelle generated Emmy buzz back in 2015 for her appearance in an episode of Billy on the Street.
It seems to be a possibility that one or both of the Obamas are destined for EGOT glory (a.k.a. the 30 Rock-popularizedphenomenon of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), but the question remains: Which half of the power couple will bring in the Tony?