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Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
""A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality spoken word albums
Country United States
Presented by "National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Last awarded 2017
Website grammy.com

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 award: "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.

Contents

2010s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominations Ref.
"2018 TBD TBD [1]
"2017 "Carol Burnett In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
"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[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominations Ref.
"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[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominations Ref.
"1999 "Christopher Reeve "Still Me
  • "Toni Morrison for "Beloved
  • David Holt & Bill Mooney for Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends
  • Jimmy Carter for The Virtues of Aging
  • Garrison Keillor for Wobegon Boy
[2]
"1998 "Charles Kuralt Charles Kuralt's Spring
  • Jodie Foster for Contact
  • Maya Angelou for Even the Stars Look Lonesome
  • Jimmy Carter for Living Faith
  • Walter Cronkite for A Reporter's Life
[3]
"1997 "Hillary Clinton "It Takes a Village
  • Garrison Keillor for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • "Charles Kuralt for Charles Kuralt's America
  • Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn, CCH Pounder & Alfre Woodard for Grow Old Along with Me, The Best Is Yet to Be
  • Lauren Bacall, Martin Landau, Jack Lemmon & Gregory Peck for Harry S Truman: A Journey to Independence
[4]
"1996 "Maya Angelou Phenomenal Woman [5]
"1995 "Henry Rollins "Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag [6]
"1994 Maya Angelou "On the Pulse of Morning [7]
"1993 "Earvin "Magic" Johnson & Robert O'Keefe What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS [8]
"1992 "Ken Burns "The Civil War [9]
"1991 "George Burns Gracie: A Love Story [10]
"1990 "Gilda Radner It's Always Something [11]

1980s[edit]

Year Winner Work Performer Nominations Ref.
"1989 "Jesse Jackson Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson same as winner [12]
"1988 "Garrison Keillor "Lake Wobegon Days same as winner [13]
"1987 "Johnny Cash, "Jerry Lee Lewis, "Chips Moman, "Ricky Nelson, "Roy Orbison, "Carl Perkins & "Sam Phillips Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions same as winner [14]
"1986 "Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom same as winner
  • "Alan Arkin for Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • "Dick Cavett for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • "John Le Carre for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre
  • "Philip Roth for Zuckerman Bound by Philip Roth
[15]
"1985 "Ben Kingsley The Words of Gandhi same as winner [16]
"1984 "William Warfield "Copland: "A Lincoln Portrait same as winner [17]
"1983 Tom Voegeli (producer) "Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Movie on Record Various Artists [18]
"1982 "Orson Welles "Donovan's Brain same as winner [19]
"1981 "Pat Carroll "Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein same as winner
  • "Mahalia Jackson for I Sing Because I'm Happy, Vols. 1 and 2
  • Original cast with narration - Adventures of Luke Skywalker: The Empire Strikes Back
  • "Orson Welles for Obediently Yours/Orson Welles
  • "Peter Ustinov for A Curb in the Sky (James Thurber)
[20]
"1980 "John Gielgud "Ages of Man Ages of Man - Readings From "Shakespeare same as winner [21]

1970s[edit]

Year Winner Work Performer Nominations Ref.
"1979 "Orson Welles "Citizen Kane Original Motion Picture Soundtrack same as winner [22]
"1978 "Julie Harris "The Belle of Amherst same as winner [23]
"1977 "Henry Fonda, "Helen Hayes, "James Earl Jones & "Orson Welles Great American Documents same as winner [24]
"1976 "James Whitmore "Give 'em Hell, Harry! same as winner [25]
"1975 "Peter Cook & "Dudley Moore Good Evening same as winner [26]
"1974 "Richard Harris "Jonathan Livingston Seagull same as winner [27]
"1973 "Bruce Botnick (producer) Lenny The Original Broadway cast [28]
"1972 "Les Crane "Desiderata same as winner [29]
"1971 "Martin Luther King, Jr. Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam same as winner
  • "Apollo 8, "11, "12 astronauts, Presidents "Kennedy and "Nixon for In the Beginning
  • Ambrose, Dryden, Hecht, Molloy, Seeger for Poems and Ballads from 100-Plus American Poets
  • "Bill Cosby for Grover Henson Feels Forgotten
  • "Everett Dirksen for Everett Dirksen's America
[30]
"1970 "Art Linkletter & "Diane Linkletter We Love You Call Collect same as winner [31]

1960s[edit]

Year Winner Work Performer Nominations Ref.
"1969 "Rod McKuen Lonesome Cities same as winner [32]
"1968 "Everett Dirksen Gallant Men same as winner [33]
"1967 "Edward R. Murrow Edward R. Murrow - A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years same as winner [34]
"1966 "Goddard Lieberson (producer) John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him same as winner [35]
"1965 "That Was The Week That Was BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy The That Was the Week That Was cast [36]
"1964 "Edward Albee (playwright) "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? "Melinda Dillon, "George Grizzard, "Uta Hagen & "Arthur Hill [37]
"1963 "Charles Laughton The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton same as winner [38]
"1962 "Leonard Bernstein Humor in Music same as winner [39]
"1961 Robert Bialek FDR Speaks same as winner [40]

1950s[edit]

Year Winner Work Performer Nominations Ref.
"1959 "Carl Sandburg A Lincoln Portrait same as winner [41]
"1959 "Stan Freberg The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows same as winner [42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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