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The Grammy for best spoken word album has been awarded posthumously to Joan Rivers.
The late comedienne, who died from complications due to surgery in September, was honored in the category for Diary of a Mad Diva. The album captures her narration of her 12th book, which includes her musings about her everyday life.
The category’s other nominees were James Franco‘s Actors Anonymous, Jimmy Carter‘s A Call to Action, John Waters‘ Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, Elizabeth Warren‘s A Fighting Chance and Gloria Gaynor‘s We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song.
Rivers was previously nominated for a best comedy album Grammy for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? in 1984.
“It’s a difficult moment, it’s a little bittersweet,” her daughter Melissa Rivers said after the win on E!’s Live From the Red Carpet. “But it’s wonderful how loved she was and how she’s getting so much attention, and people are understanding what she was really about.”
Kelly Osbourne also honored Rivers during the red-carpet preshow. Watch the moment above.
Feb. 8, 4:15 p.m. Updated with Melissa Rivers’ comments.
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