Grammys: Bernie Sanders Scores Spoken-Word Nomination
The independent senator and former presidential candidate and Mark Ruffalo, up for their audiobook version of Sanders' 'Our Revolution,' will face off against Carrie Fisher, nominated posthumously for 'The Princess Diarist,' and others.
Bernie Sanders may not be president, or have even gotten the Democratic nomination in 2016, but come 2018, the senator from Vermont may be a Grammy winner.
Sanders and Mark Ruffalo are nominated for a best spoken-word album Grammy for the audiobook version of Sanders' Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.
In the category, a familiar stomping ground for Hollywood and political figures, Sanders and Ruffalo are facing off against Neil Degrasse Tyson (Astrophysics for People in a Hurry), Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run), Shelly Peiken (Confessions of a Serial Songwriter) and Carrie Fisher, nominated posthumously for the audio version of The Princess Diarist.
Sanders is far from the first politician to score a spoken-word nomination, with his former Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton being nominated in 2004 for Living History and winning in 1997 for It Takes a Village. Former president Bill Clinton won in 2005 for My Life and was nominated two other times. Barack Obama has two Grammys, winning in 2006 for Dreams From My Father and 2008 for The Audacity of Hope. Jimmy Carter also has two Grammys (and multiple nominations), winning his latest one in 2016 for A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.
Never nominated for a Grammy: current president, Donald Trump.