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

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

Three "US Presidents have won the awards: "Jimmy Carter, "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, and "Hillary Clinton.

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.



Year Album Performer Author
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox "Carol Burnett
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo "Amy Schumer
M Train "Patti Smith
Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk Various Performers; "John Doe, Tom DeSavia, Scott Sherratt & Dan Zitt (producers)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink "Elvis Costello
A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety "Jimmy Carter
Blood on Snow "Patti Smith "Jo Nesbø
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks "Dick Cavett
"Patience and Sarah "Janis Ian & "Jean Smart "Isabel Miller
"Yes Please "Amy Poehler
Diary of a Mad Diva "Joan Rivers (2015 Nominations list did not credit any author)
Actors Anonymous "James Franco
A Call to Action "Jimmy Carter
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America "John Waters
A Fighting Chance "Elizabeth Warren
We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and The Power of Song "Gloria Gaynor
"America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't "Stephen Colbert (2014 Nominations list did not credit any author)
Carrie and Me "Carol Burnett
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls "David Sedaris
Still Foolin' Em "Billy Crystal
The Storm King "Pete Seeger
Society's Child "Janis Ian Janis Ian
"American Grown Scott Creswell and Dan Zitt* "Michelle Obama
"Back to Work "Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
"Drift "Rachel Maddow Rachel Maddow
Seriously…I'm Kidding "Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres
If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won't) "Betty White Betty White
"Bossypants "Tina Fey Tina Fey
Fab Fan Memories: The Beatles Bond Nathan Burbank, Bryan Cumming, Dennis Scott, and David Toledo*
"Hamlet Dan Donohue "William Shakespeare
The Mark of Zorro "Val Kilmer and cast "Yuri Rasovsky
"Earth (The Audiobook) "Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show staff Jon Stewart and The Daily Show staff
"American on Purpose "Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson
"The Bedwetter "Sarah Silverman Sarah Silverman
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future… "Michael J. Fox Michael J. Fox
This Time Together "Carol Burnett Carol Burnett
The Woody Allen Collection "Woody Allen Woody Allen
Always Looking Up "Michael J. Fox Michael J. Fox
The Lincoln–Douglas Debates "Richard Dreyfuss and "David Strathairn "Abraham Lincoln and "Stephen A. Douglas
"Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon "Yuri Rasovsky and Josh Stanton* "Dashiell Hammett
A Very Special Time "Jonathan Winters Jonathan Winters
"We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land "Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter
"Wishful Drinking "Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher

* Album producers; performed by various artists.


Year Album Performer Author
"An Inconvenient Truth "Beau Bridges, "Cynthia Nixon, and "Blair Underwood "Al Gore
"Born Standing Up "Steve Martin Steve Martin
"I Am America (and So Can You!) "Stephen Colbert and "The Colbert Report cast Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report cast
Life Beyond Measure "Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
"When You Are Engulfed in Flames "David Sedaris Davis Sedaris
"The Audacity of Hope "Barack Obama Barack Obama
Celebrations "Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
"Giving "Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
Sunday Mornings in Plains "Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself "Alan Alda Alan Alda
"Our Endangered Values "Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter
With Ossie and Ruby "Ossie Davis and "Ruby Dee Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! "Bob Newhart Bob Newhart
"New Rules "Bill Maher Bill Maher
"The Truth (with Jokes) "Al Franken Al Franken
"Dreams from My Father "Barack Obama Barack Obama
The Adventures of Guy Noir "Garrison Keillor Garrison Keillor
The Al Franken Show Party Album "Al Franken Al Franken
Chronicles - Volume One "Sean Penn "Bob Dylan
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? "George Carlin George Carlin
"My Life "Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim "David Sedaris David Sedaris
Live & Kickin' at the National Storytelling Festival David Holt & Zeb Holt David Holt & Zeb Holt
The Pleasure of My Company "Steve Martin Steve Martin
The World According to Mr. Rogers Tyne Daly, John Lithgow, Joanne Rogers, Lily Tomlin & Andre Watts Fred Rogers
"Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them "Al Franken Al Franken
Fear Itself "Don Cheadle "Walter Mosley
"Living History "Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection "Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni
"When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden "Bill Maher Bill Maher
"A Song Flung Up to Heaven "Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
"The Great Gatsby "Tim Robbins "F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The Kid Stays in the Picture "Robert Evans Robert Evans
Lucky Man "Michael J. Fox Michael J. Fox
Nothing Is Impossible "Christopher Reeve Christopher Reeve
Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones "Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
An Hour Before Sunlight "Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter
Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 "Garrison Keillor Garrison Keillor
"Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings by Mark Twain "Carl Reiner "Mark Twain
War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars Various artists including "Rob Lowe, "Noah Wyle, "Joan Allen & "Tom Brokaw; narrated by "Harry Smith "Andrew Carroll (editor)
"The Measure of a Man "Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
The Complete Shakespeare Sonnets Various artists including "Kathleen Turner, "Patrick Stewart & "Al Pacino "William Shakespeare
Married to Laughter: A Love Story "Jerry Stiller & "Anne Meara Jerry Stiller
"On the Road "Matt Dillon "Jack Kerouac
"Shopgirl "Steve Martin Steve Martin
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. "LeVar Burton Martin Luther King
The Chieftains: The Unauthorized Biography "Nanci Griffith "John Glatt
The Diaries of Adam & Eve: Translated by Mark Twain "Mandy Patinkin & "Betty Buckley with "Walter Cronkite "Mark Twain
Merle Haggard's My House of Memories "Merle Haggard Merle Haggard & Tom Carter
"'Tis "Frank McCourt Frank McCourt






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