Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

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Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Awarded forquality spoken word albums
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Currently held by Jimmy Carter, Faith: A Journey for All (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album has been awarded since 1959. The award had several minor name changes:

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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The category now also includes audio books, poetry readings and story telling.

Three US Presidents have won the award: Jimmy Carter (who has won the award three times), Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, along with spoken recordings of John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Four U.S. Senators have won: Barack Obama, Everett Dirksen, Al Franken (won prior to his election), and Hillary Clinton (won when she was First Lady).

Jimmy Carter 39th president of the United States

James Earl Carter Jr. is an American politician and philanthropist who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A Democrat, he previously served as a Georgia state senator from 1963 to 1967 and as the 76th governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. After his presidency, Carter has remained active in the private sector; in 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in co-founding the Carter Center.

Bill Clinton 42nd president of the United States

William Jefferson Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to the presidency, he was the governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and again from 1983 to 1992, and the attorney general of Arkansas from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy.

Barack Obama 44th president of the United States

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for a recording released in the previous year. Winners are indicated in boldface.

2010s

YearWinnerWorkNomineesRef.
2019 Jimmy Carter Faith: A Journey for All
[1]
2018 Carrie Fisher The Princess Diarist [2]
2017 Carol Burnett In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
[3]
2016 Jimmy Carter A Full Life: Reflections at 90
2015 Joan Rivers Diary of a Mad Diva
2014 Stephen Colbert America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't
2013 Janis Ian Society's Child
2012 Betty White If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won't)
  • Nathan Burbank, Bryan Cumming, Dennis Scott & David Toledo for Fab Fan Memories: The Beatles Bond
  • Dan Donohue for Hamlet
  • Tina Fey for Bossypants
  • Val Kilmer & Cast for The Mark of Zorro
2011 Jon Stewart and The Daily Show staff Earth (The Audiobook)
2010 Michael J. Fox Always Looking Up

2000s

YearWinnerWorkNomineesRef.
2009 Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon, and Blair Underwood An Inconvenient Truth
2008 Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope
2007 Jimmy Carter Our Endangered Values
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Ossie and Ruby
2006 Barack Obama Dreams from My Father
2005 Bill Clinton My Life
2004 Al Franken Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
2003 Maya Angelou A Song Flung Up to Heaven
2002 Quincy Jones Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
2001 Sidney Poitier The Measure of a Man
2000 LeVar Burton The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1990s

YearWinnerWorkNomineesRef.
1999 Christopher Reeve Still Me
[4]
1998 Charles Kuralt Charles Kuralt's Spring [5]
1997 Hillary Clinton It Takes a Village
[6]
1996 Maya Angelou Phenomenal Woman [7]
1995 Henry Rollins Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag [8]
1994 Maya Angelou On the Pulse of Morning
[9]
1993 Earvin "Magic" Johnson & Robert O'KeefeWhat You Can Do to Avoid AIDS [10]
1992 Ken Burns The Civil War
[11]
1991 George Burns Gracie: A Love Story
[12]
1990 Gilda Radner It's Always Something
[13]

1980s

YearWinnerWorkNomineesRef.
1989 Jesse Jackson "Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson, July 27"
(from One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism )
[14]
1988 Garrison Keillor Lake Wobegon Days
[15]
1987 Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins & Sam Phillips Interviews from the Class of '55 Recording Sessions [16]
1986 Mike Berniker, producer & The Broadway Cast Ma Rainey's Black Bottom [17]
1985 Ben Kingsley The Words of Gandhi
[18]
1984 William Warfield Copland: Lincoln Portrait [19]
1983 Tom VoegeliRaiders of the Lost Ark: The Movie on Record
  • Roger Rees for Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby
  • Isaac Asimov for Foundation's Edge
  • John Gielgud & Ralph Richardson for No Man's Land
  • Arthur C. Clarke for 2010: Odyssey Two
[20]
1982 Orson Welles Donovan's Brain
[21]
1981 Pat Carroll Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
[22]
1980 John Gielgud Ages of Man (Readings from Shakespeare)
[23]

1970s

YearWinnerWorkNomineesRef.
1979 Orson Welles Citizen Kane (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [24]
1978 Julie Harris The Belle of Amherst
[25]
1977 Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones & Orson Welles Great American Documents [26]
1976 James Whitmore Give 'em Hell, Harry!
[27]
1975 Peter Cook & Dudley Moore Good Evening
[28]
1974 Richard Harris Jonathan Livingston Seagull
[29]
1973 The Original Broadway CastLenny
[30]
1972 Les Crane Desiderata [31]
1971 Martin Luther King, Jr. Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam
[32]
1970 Art Linkletter & Diane Linkletter We Love You, Call Collect [33]

1960s

YearWinnerWorkNomineesRef.
1969 Rod McKuen Lonesome Cities [34]
1968 Everett Dirksen Gallant Men [35]
1967 Edward R. Murrow Edward R. Murrow: A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I – The War Years
[36]
1966 Goddard Lieberson, producerJohn F. Kennedy: As We Remember Him
[37]
1965 That Was The Week That Was CastBBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy [38]
1964 Melinda Dillon, George Grizzard, Uta Hagen & Arthur Hill Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
[39]
1963 Charles Laughton The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton
[40]
1962 Leonard Bernstein Humor in Music
[41]
1961 Robert BialekFDR Speaks [42]
1960 Carl Sandburg A Lincoln Portrait
[43]

1950s

YearWinnerWorkNomineesRef.
1959 Stan Freberg The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows
[44]

See also

The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works containing quality "spoken word" performances aimed at children. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position."

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The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Award to the artist(s), and to the album producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s), and mastering engineer(s) if other than the artist.

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist.

The 2nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on November 29, 1959, at Los Angeles and New York. Hosted by Meredith Willson, this marked the first televised Grammy Award ceremony, and it was aired in episodes as special Sunday Showcase. It was held in the same year as the first Grammy Awards in 1959, and no award ceremony was held in 1960. These awards recognized musical accomplishments by performers for that particular year. Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington each won three awards.

The Grammy Award for Best Album for Children was awarded from 1959 to 1993. Prior to 1992, the award was known as Best Recording for Children and was therefore open to any audio recording, whether it was an album, a single song, a recording of a book, or the audio from a television show or movie. In 1994, the award was divided into Best Musical Album for Children and Best Spoken Word Album for Children. In 2012, both categories were once again combined into the new Best Children's Album category.

The Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance - Operatic or Choral was awarded in 1959. The equivalent award, Best Classical Performance - Opera Cast or Choral was awarded in 1960. Since 1962 the award has been divided into separate awards for opera and choral performances. See Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording and Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.

The Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media is an honor presented to a composer or composers for an original score created for a film, TV show or series, video games or other visual media at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals has been awarded since 1963. The award is presented to the arranger of the music, not to the performer(s), except if the performer is also the arranger.

The Grammy Award for Best Historical Album has been presented since 1979. During this time the award had several minor name changes:

The Grammy Award for Best Album Notes has been presented since 1964. From 1973 to 1976, a separate award was presented for Best Album Notes – Classical. Those awards are listed under those years below. The award recognizes albums with excellent liner notes. It is presented to the liner notes author or authors, not to the artists or performers on the winning work, except if the artist is also the liner notes author.

The Grammy Award for Best Recording Package is one of a series of Grammy Awards presented for the visual look of an album. It is presented to the art director of the winning album, not to the performer(s), unless the performer is also the art director.

The Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album has been awarded since 1959. The award was given only to the album producer, and to the composer and lyricist who wrote at least 51% of the music which had not been recorded previously.

The Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical is an honor presented to remixers for quality remixed recordings at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical is an honor presented to record producers for quality classical music productions at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

The Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package has been presented since 1995 to an album's art directors. The award is not bestowed upon or shared by the artist unless they are also a credited art director.

The Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording – Special or Novel Effects was awarded from 1960 to 1965. The award had several minor name changes:

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