Three lesbians in Grammy showdown with Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton
Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow and Janis Ian all nominated in Best Spoken Word Album category
R&B and Hip-Hop singer Frank Ocean may have got the most attention of the openly gay Grammy nominees announced on Thursday (5 November) evening.
But he’s not the only LGBT nominee this year.
Gay musician Dave Koz was nominated in the Best Pop Instrumental Album for his Live at the Blue Note Tokyo album and bisexual actress and comedienne Margaret Cho is a nominee in the Best Comedy Album category for Cho Dependent: Live in Concert.
But it is the Best Spoken Word Album category that has the most concentrated LGBT representation: MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow is nominated for the recording of her book Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power; Ellen DeGeneres got a nomination for the recording of her best-selling comedy book Seriously … I’m Kidding and singer-writer Janis Ian got a nod for reading her memior Society’s Child: My Autobiography. Ian won a Grammy in the 1970s in the Pop Female Vocal category for her classic song At Seventeen.
Rounding out the Best Spoken Word category are a current and former resident of The White House: First Lady Michelle Obama (American Grown) and former President Bill Clinton (Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy).
If Clinton or Obama win, they won’t be the first Clinton or Obama to take home a Grammy. Hillary Clinton won in the Best Spoken Word category in 1997 for the audio version of her best-selling book It Takes a Village while President Barack Obama won in 2008 for his reading of The Audacity of Hope.