Grammy Awards - Spoken Word Album

Grammy Awards are given out annually. The Spoken Word category has been given out, under various category names, since the 1958 inception of the awards. For a complete listing of the category, see the Grammy Awards website.

Award Year Authors(s) Reader Title Format
2012 Janis Ian Society's Child: My Autobiography
2011 Betty White Betty White If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) A personal account by the popular actress shares stories from her decades in Hollywood while offering her lighthearted perspectives on topics ranging from sex and aging to animal welfare and television. Downloadable Audio
2010 Jon Stewart Jon Stewart Earth Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science and culture.
Unabridged CD
Downloadable Audio
2009 Michael J. Fox Michael J. Fox Always Looking Up Michael J. Fox shares his personal outlook on maintaining the positive attitude that has lifted him through the difficult times. Fox shows us how to live a more appreciative and fulfilling life by recognizing the things we already have. Abridged CD
2008 Al Gore Various Artists An Inconvenient Truth
2007 Barack Obama Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream The junior senator from Illinois discusses how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can address such issues as globalization and the function of religion in public life.
Unabridged CD
Downloadable Audio
2006 Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis Sometimes differing with his own Southern Baptist denomination, Carter expresses his personal view on abortion, capital punishment, homosexuality, women's rights, environmentalism, evolution, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, pre-emptive war, fundamentalism, and the mixing of religion and politics. Unabridged CD
2006 Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and the black community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
2005 Barack Obama Barack Obama Dreams From My Father In New York ... Barack Obama learns that his father--a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man--has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey--first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. Abridged CD
2004 Bill Clinton Bill Clinton My Life An account of Clinton's life through the White House years.
Abridged CD
Abridged Cassette
2003 Al Franken Al Franken Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Satirist Al Franken examines the political right, and uses their own words against them, taking on the pundits, the politicians, and the issues.
Unabridged CD
Unabridged Cassette
2002 Maya Angelou Maya Angelou A Song Flung Up to Heaven The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Unabridged CD
Downloadable Audio
2001 Quincy Jones Quincy Jones Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones Jones finally tells it all, from the glamour of the high life and his string of glittering achievements to the private pain and struggles. This impressive self-portrait from one of the master makers of American culture encompasses an astonishing cast of show business giants and tells what amounts to one of the great African-American success stories of the century. Abridged CD
2000 Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier The Measure of a Man In this candid and spiritual memoir, the legendary actor and star of more than 40 films reflects on life itself as he reveals the spiritual depth, passion, and intellectual fervor that has driven his remarkable life.
Unabridged CD
Unabridged Cassette
1998 Christopher Reeve Christopher Reeve Still Me
1997 Charles Kuralt Charles Kuralt's Spring
1996 Hillary Rodham Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton It Takes a Village Describes the author's view that how children develop and what they need to succeed is inextricably entwined with the society in which they live and how well it sustains and supports its families and individuals. CD
1995 Maya Angelou Phenomenal Woman
1994 Henry Rollins Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag
1993 Maya Angelou Maya Angelou On the Pulse of Morning Poem written for President Bill Clinton's first inauguration. Cassette
1992 Earvin "Magic" Johnson What You Can Do To Avoid AIDS
1991 Ken Burns Ken Burns The Civil War Companion to PBS's phenomenally successful 9-part series of the same name. Here are glimpses into the lives of soldiers, slaves, and families who willingly fought against their own kin.
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Cassette
1990 George Burns George Burns Gracie: A Love Story
1989 Gilda Radner Gilda Radner It's Always Something Her characters on "Saturday Night Live" made America laugh. Her storybook marriage to actor Gene Wilder played like a match made in Hollywood heaven. But then Gilda Radner discovered she had cancer. This is the inspirational story of her struggle towards wellness- a private, personal battle in which the humor and humanity that touched millions became her most powerful weapon. Abridged Cassette
1988 Jesse Jackson Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
1987 Garrison Keillor Garrison Keillor Lake Wobegon Days Learn about the statue of the Unknown Norwegian and why Lake Wobegon never made it onto the map, and many other small-town stories. Cassette
1986 Johnny Cash et al. Interviews from the Class of '55 Recording Sessions
1985 August Wilson Original Broadway Cast Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
1984 Ghandi Ben Kingsley The Words of Ghandi