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

In 1959 the award was known as Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word From 1960 to 1961 it was awarded as Best Performance – Documentary or Spoken Word (other than comedy) From 1962 to 1963 it was awarded as Best Documentary or Spoken Word Recording (other than comedy) From 1964 to 1965 it was awarded as Best Documentary, Spoken Word or Drama Recording (other than comedy) In 1966 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word or Drama Recording From 1967 to 1968 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording From 1969 to 1979 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word Recording From 1980 to 1983 it returned to the title of Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording From 1984 to 1991 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording From 1992 to 1997 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album Since 1998 it has been awarded as Best Spoken Word Album

The category now also includes audio books, poetry readings and story telling. Three US Presidents
US Presidents
have won the award: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
and Barack Obama, along with spoken recordings of John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Four U.S. Senators have won: Barack Obama, Everett Dirksen, Al Franken
Al Franken
(won prior to his election), and Hillary Clinton (won when she was First Lady). 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

1 2010s 2 2000s 3 1990s 4 1980s 5 1970s 6 1960s 7 1950s 8 See also 9 References

2010s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominees Ref.

2018 Carrie Fisher The Princess Diarist

Shelly Peiken
Shelly Peiken
for Confessions of a Serial Songwriter Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
& Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
for Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
for Born to Run Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
for Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

[1]

2017 Carol Burnett In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox

Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello
for Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
for The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Patti Smith
Patti Smith
for M Train Various performers for Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

[2]

2016 Jimmy Carter A Full Life: Reflections at 90

Dick Cavett
Dick Cavett
for Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks Janis Ian
Janis Ian
& Jean Smart
Jean Smart
for Patience and Sarah Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
for Yes Please Patti Smith
Patti Smith
for Blood on Snow

2015 Joan Rivers Diary of a Mad Diva

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
for A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power James Franco
James Franco
for Actors Anonymous Gloria Gaynor
Gloria Gaynor
for We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and The Power of Song Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren
for A Fighting Chance John Waters
John Waters
for Carsick: John Waters
John Waters
Hitchhikes Across America

2014 Stephen Colbert America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
for Carrie and Me Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
for Still Foolin' Em David Sedaris
David Sedaris
for Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger
for The Storm King

2013 Janis Ian Society's Child

Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt for American Grown Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
for Back to Work Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
for Seriously... I'm Kidding Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow
for Drift

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
Tina Fey
for Bossypants Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer
& Cast for The Mark of Zorro

2011 Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
and The Daily Show staff Earth (The Audiobook)

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
for The Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Collection Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
for This Time Together Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson
for American on Purpose Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman
for The Bedwetter

2010 Michael J. Fox Always Looking Up

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
for We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
& David Strathairn
David Strathairn
for The Lincoln–Douglas Debates Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
for Wishful Drinking Yuri Rasovsky & Josh Stanton for Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters
for A Very Special
Special
Time

2000s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominees Ref.

2009 Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon, and Blair Underwood An Inconvenient Truth

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
for Born Standing Up Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
and The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
cast for I Am America (and So Can You!) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
for Life Beyond Measure David Sedaris
David Sedaris
for When You Are Engulfed in Flames

2008 Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
for Celebrations Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
for Giving Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
for Sunday Mornings in Plains Alan Alda
Alan Alda
for Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself

2007 Jimmy Carter Our Endangered Values

Al Franken
Al Franken
for The Truth (with Jokes) Bill Maher
Bill Maher
for New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
for I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!

Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee Ossie and Ruby

2006 Barack Obama Dreams from My Father

George Carlin
George Carlin
for When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Al Franken
Al Franken
for The Al Franken
Al Franken
Show Party Album Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
for The Adventures of Guy Noir Sean Penn
Sean Penn
for Chronicles: Volume One

2005 Bill Clinton My Life

Tyne Daly, John Lithgow, Joanne Rogers, Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
& Andre Watts for The World According to Mr. Rogers David Holt & Zeb Holt for Live & Kickin' at the National Storytelling Festival Steve Martin
Steve Martin
for The Pleasure of My Company David Sedaris
David Sedaris
for Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

2004 Al Franken Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
for Fear Itself Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
for Living History Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni
for The Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni
Poetry Collection Bill Maher
Bill Maher
for When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden

2003 Maya Angelou A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
for The Great Gatsby Robert Evans for The Kid Stays in the Picture Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
for Lucky Man Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
for Nothing Is Impossible

2002 Quincy Jones Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
for An Hour Before Sunlight Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
for Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
for Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings by Mark Twain Various artists including Rob Lowe, Noah Wyle, Joan Allen
Joan Allen
& Tom Brokaw and narrator Harry Smithfor War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

2001 Sidney Poitier The Measure of a Man

Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon
for On the Road Steve Martin
Steve Martin
for Shopgirl Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller
& Anne Meara
Anne Meara
for Married to Laughter: A Love Story Various artists including Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
& Al Pacino for The Complete Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Sonnets

2000 LeVar Burton The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nanci Griffith
Nanci Griffith
for The Chieftains: The Unauthorized Biography Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard
for Merle Haggard's My House of Memories Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt
for 'Tis Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
& Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley
with Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
for The Diaries of Adam & Eve: Translated by Mark Twain

1990s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominees Ref.

1999 Christopher Reeve Still Me

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
for The Virtues of Aging David Holt & Bill Mooney for Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
for Wobegon Boy Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison
for Beloved

[3]

1998 Charles Kuralt Charles Kuralt's Spring

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
for Even the Stars Look Lonesome Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
for Living Faith Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
for A Reporter's Life Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
for Contact

[4]

1997 Hillary Clinton It Takes a Village

Ed Asner, Ellen Burstyn, C. C. H. Pounder
C. C. H. Pounder
& Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
for Grow Old Along with Me, the Best Is Yet to Be Lauren Bacall, Martin Landau, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
& Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
for Harry S Truman: A Journey to Independence Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
for Charles Kuralt's America

[5]

1996 Maya Angelou Phenomenal Woman

Danny Glover
Danny Glover
for Long Walk to Freedom Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
for Guy Noir: Radio Private Eye Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
for I Am Spock

[6]

1995 Henry Rollins Get in the Van: On the Road
On the Road
with Black Flag

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
& the Renaissance Theatre Company for Hamlet Ken Burns
Ken Burns
for Baseball Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
for Schindler's List Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
for The Bible
The Bible
(The New Testament)

[7]

1994 Maya Angelou On the Pulse of Morning

Levar Burton
Levar Burton
for Miles: The Autobiography Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie
for Bound for Glory Paul Newman
Paul Newman
& Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
for Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
for Howards End

[8]

1993 Earvin "Magic" Johnson & Robert O'Keefe What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS

Fannie Flagg
Fannie Flagg
for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
for Stories Ken Nordine for Devout Catalyst Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
for A Christmas Carol Orson Welles
Orson Welles
& Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich
for This Is Orson Welles

[9]

1992 Ken Burns The Civil War

Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams
for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
for Me: Stories of My Life Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
for A Life on the Road

[10]

1991 George Burns Gracie: A Love Story

Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
for A Prairie Home Companion: The 4th Annual Farewell Performance John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
Jr. for Profiles in Courage Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle MacLachlan
for "Diane..." The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart
for Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart
and His Poems

[11]

1990 Gilda Radner It's Always Something

Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck
for I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise Robert Fulghum
Robert Fulghum
for All I Really Know Is What I Learned in Kindergarten John Gielgud
John Gielgud
for Sir John Gielgud
John Gielgud
Reads Alice in Wonderland Jason Robards, Steve Allen, Douglas Edwards
Douglas Edwards
& Cast for The War of the Worlds 50th Anniversary Production

[12]

1980s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominees Ref.

1989 Jesse Jackson "Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson, July 27" (from One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism)

John Cleese
John Cleese
for The Screwtape Letters John Gielgud
John Gielgud
for A Christmas Carol Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
& Various Artists for A Prairie Home Companion: The 2nd Annual Farewell Performance Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters
for Winters' Tale

[13]

1988 Garrison Keillor Lake Wobegon Days

Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
for Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
by Myself Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
for "Lincoln Portrait" (from Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait and Other Works) Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
for Whales Alive Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
& George Takei
George Takei
for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

[14]

1987 Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
& Sam Phillips Interviews from the Class of '55
Class of '55
Recording Sessions

F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
for Interview with the Vampire Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
for The Stories of Ray Bradbury Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
for Hardheaded Boys John Gielgud
John Gielgud
for Gulliver

[15]

1986 Mike Berniker, producer & The Broadway Cast Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
for Catch-22 Dick Cavett
Dick Cavett
for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn John le Carré
John le Carré
for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' Philip Roth
Philip Roth
for Zuckerman Bound

[16]

1985 Ben Kingsley The Words of Gandhi

Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
& Glenn Close
Glenn Close
for The Real Thing (Broadway Cast) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
for Our Time Has Come John Lennon
John Lennon
& Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
for Heart Play (Unfinished Dialogue)

[17]

1984 William Warfield Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Steve Allen
Steve Allen
& Jayne Meadows
Jayne Meadows
for Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Home Computers Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
& Femmy De Lyser for Jane Fonda's Workout Record for Pregnancy, Birth and Recovery John Gielgud
John Gielgud
& Irene Worth
Irene Worth
for Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

[18]

1983 Tom Voegeli Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Movie on Record

Roger Rees for Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby Isaac Asimov for Foundation's Edge John Gielgud
John Gielgud
& Ralph Richardson for No Man's Land Arthur C. Clarke for 2010: Odyssey Two

[19]

1982 Orson Welles Donovan's Brain

E.G. Marshall
E.G. Marshall
for Justice Holmes' Decisions James Mason
James Mason
for Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
& Vic Garbarini for The McCartney Interview Ed McMahon
Ed McMahon
for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

[20]

1981 Pat Carroll Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein

Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
for I Sing Because I'm Happy, Vols. 1 and 2 Original Cast for Adventures of Luke Skywalker: The Empire Strikes Back Orson Welles
Orson Welles
for Obediently Yours Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
for A Curb in the Sky

[21]

1980 John Gielgud Ages of Man (Readings from Shakespeare)

Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
for The Ox-Bow Incident Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
for An American Prayer Ken Nordine for Stare with Your Ears Various Artists for Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
& Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
for Orson Welles
Orson Welles
& Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
at Their Best

[22]

1970s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominees Ref.

1979 Orson Welles Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Judith Anderson, Claire Bloom, James Mason, George Rose & Gordon Gould for Wuthering Heights Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
for The Grapes of Wrath Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
& David Frost
David Frost
for The Nixon Interviews
The Nixon Interviews
with David Frost Various Artists for Roots (Original Television Soundtrack)

[23]

1978 Julie Harris The Belle of Amherst

Alex Haley
Alex Haley
for Alex Haley
Alex Haley
Tells the Story of His Search for Roots Original Cast & Ntozake Shange
Ntozake Shange
for For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf Christopher Tolkien for The Silmarillion Harry Truman
Harry Truman
& Ben Gradus for The Truman Tapes

[24]

1977 Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
& Orson Welles Great American Documents

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
for Fahrenheit 451 Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
for The Old Man and the Sea James Mason
James Mason
for A Tale of Two Cities William Shatner
William Shatner
for Foundation: The Psychohistorians

[25]

1976 James Whitmore Give 'em Hell, Harry!

Alistair Cooke
Alistair Cooke
for Talk
Talk
About America Richard Harris
Richard Harris
for The Prophet Claudia McNeil
Claudia McNeil
for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
for To Kill a Mockingbird Orson Welles
Orson Welles
for Immortal Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theatre on the Air)

[26]

1975 Peter Cook
Peter Cook
& Dudley Moore Good Evening

Sam Ervin
Sam Ervin
for Senator Sam at Home Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
for Autumn Eric Sevareid for An Ear to the Sounds of Our History

[27]

1974 Richard Harris Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
for Songs and Conversations Vincent Price
Vincent Price
for Witches, Ghosts and Goblins Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
for Slaughterhouse Five John Wayne
John Wayne
for America, Why I Love Her

[28]

1973 The Original Broadway Cast Lenny

Angela Davis
Angela Davis
for Angela Davis
Angela Davis
Speaks Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
for The Word Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
for Yevtushenko

[29]

1972 Les Crane Desiderata

Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
for Hamlet Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
for I Can Hear It Now/The Sixties Stacy Keach, Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
& Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
for Long Day's Journey Into Night James Whitmore
James Whitmore
for Will Rogers' U.S.A.

[30]

1971 Martin Luther King, Jr. Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam

Ambrose, Dryden, Hecht, Molloy & Seeger for Poems and Ballads from 100-Plus American Poets Apollo 8, 11 & 12 Astronauts, John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
& Richard Nixon for In the Beginning Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
for Grover Henson Feels Forgotten Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
for Everett Dirksen's America

[31]

1970 Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter We Love You, Call Collect

Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
for Man on the Moon James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
for The Great White Hope

[32]

1960s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominees Ref.

1969 Rod McKuen Lonesome Cities

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
for I Have a Dream Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
for Murder in the Cathedral Martin Starkie for The Canterbury Pilgrims

[33]

1968 Everett Dirksen Gallant Men

James Dickey
James Dickey
for Poems of James Dickey Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
for Mark Twain Tonight, Vol. 3 Patrick Magee & Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
for The Balcony Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
for The Earth Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
& Robert Shaw for A Man For All Seasons Victor Lundberg for An Open Letter to My Teenage Son

[34]

1967 Edward R. Murrow Edward R. Murrow: A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I – The War Years

Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb
& Mildred Dunnock
Mildred Dunnock
for Death of a Salesman Johnny Sea for Day for Decision Buddy Starcher for History Repeats Itself

[35]

1966 Goddard Lieberson, producer John F. Kennedy: As We Remember Him

Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
for A Personal Choice Chet Huntley
Chet Huntley
& David Brinkley
David Brinkley
for A Time to Keep: '64 National Theatre of Great Britain
National Theatre of Great Britain
for Much Ado About Nothing Adlai Stevenson for The Voice of the Uncommon Man Margaret Webster
Margaret Webster
for The Brontes

[36]

1965 That Was The Week That Was
That Was The Week That Was
Cast BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy

Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, John Gielgud, Alfred Drake, George Voskovec, Eileen Herlie, William Redfield & George Ross for Hamlet Richard Burton
Richard Burton
& Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
– Dialogue Highlights from Becket Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
& Kate Reid for Dylan John F. Kennedy, David Brinkley
David Brinkley
& Adlai Stevenson for The Kennedy Wit

[37]

1964 Melinda Dillon, George Grizzard, Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
& Arthur Hill Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Dane Clark, Anne Jackson, Lotte Lenya
Lotte Lenya
& Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
for Brecht on Brecht Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
with Joan Baez, Marian Anderson, Odetta, Rabbi Joachim Prinz
Joachim Prinz
& Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
for We Shall Overcome (The March on Washington, August 28, 1963) Goddard Leiberson & ( Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger
for The Badmen Norman Weiser & David Teig for John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
– The Presidential Years

[38]

1963 Charles Laughton The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton

Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
for Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Reading His Poetry Claude Rains
Claude Rains
& Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould
for Enoch Arden Laurence Harvey
Laurence Harvey
for This Is My Beloved Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
for "Mama Sang a Song"

[39]

1962 Leonard Bernstein Humor in Music

Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
for More of Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
in Mark Twain Tonight! Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker
for The World of Dorothy Parker Sandburg, Shapley, Jawaharlal Nehru
Jawaharlal Nehru
& Lipschitz for Wisdom, Vol. 1 Alexander Scourby
Alexander Scourby
for The Coming of Christ

[40]

1961 Robert Bialek FDR Speaks

Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
for Voices of the Twentieth Century John Gielgud
John Gielgud
for Ages of Man, Vol. 2 (One Man in His Time) Archibald MacLeish
Archibald MacLeish
for J.B.

[41]

1960 Carl Sandburg A Lincoln Portrait

John Gielgud
John Gielgud
for Ages of Man Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
for Mark Twain Tonight Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
for Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
Reads Sherlock Holmes Tony Schwartz for New York Taxi Driver

[42]

1950s[edit]

Year Winner Work Nominees Ref.

1959 Stan Freberg The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows

Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson
for The Lady from Philadelphia Melvyn Douglas, Vincent Price, Carl Sandburg, & Ed Begley
Ed Begley
for Great American Speeches Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
for Green Christmas Henry Jacobs for Two Interviews of Our Time

[43]

See also[edit]

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Spoken Word Album for Children

References[edit]

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Winners 1968". www.awardsandshows.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017.  ^ "Grammy Awards Nominees 1967 – Grammy Award
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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Spoken Word Album

1959−1980

Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
– The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
– BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
(1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
- As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
– Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(1980)

1981−2000

Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1982) Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983) William Warfield
William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
– The Words of Gandhi (1985) Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986) Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
– It's Always Something (1990) George Burns
George Burns
– Gracie: A Love Story (1991) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– The Civil War (1992) Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS (1993) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
(1994) Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
Get in the Van
Get in the Van
(1995) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
Phenomenal Woman (1996) Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
– Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(2000)

2001−present

Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003) Al Franken
Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
(2006) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
(2009) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
– Always Looking Up (2010) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011) Betty White
Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
– Society's Child (2013) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist
(2018)

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
categories

General

Record of the Year Album of the Year Song of the Year Best New Artist

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Best Pop Vocal Album Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Dance/Electronic

Best Dance Recording Best Dance/Electronic Album

Rock

Best Rock Performance Best Metal Performance Best Rock Song Best Rock Album

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

Best R&B Performance Best Traditional R&B Performance Best R&B Song Best R&B Album Best Urban Contemporary Album

Rap/Hip-Hop

Best Rap Performance Best Rap/Sung Performance Best Rap Song Best Rap Album

Country

Best Country Solo Performance Best Country Duo/Group Performance Best Country Song Best Country Album

Jazz

Best Improvised Jazz Solo Best Jazz Vocal Album Best Jazz Instrumental Album Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/ Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song Best Gospel Album Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Latin

Best Latin Pop Album Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) Best Tropical Latin Album

American Roots

Best Americana Album Best Bluegrass Album Best Traditional Blues Album Best Contemporary Blues Album Best Folk Album Best Regional Roots Music Album Best American Roots Performance Best American Roots Song

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Best Song Written for Visual Media

Composing/Arranging

Best Instrumental Composition Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals

Crafts

Best Historical Album Best Recording Package Best Boxed or Special
Special
Limited Edition Package Best Album Notes

Production/Engineering

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Best Engineered Album, Classical Best Remixed Recording Best Surround Sound Album Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Producer of the Year, Classical

Classical

Best Orchestral Performance Best Opera Recording Best Choral Performance Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Best Classical Instrumental Solo Best Classical Vocal Solo Best Classical Compendium Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Music Video

Best Music Video Best Music Film

Others

Contemporary Instrumental Best Contemporary Instrumental Album New Age Best New Age Album Reggae Best Reggae Album World Music Best World Music Album Spoken Word Best Spoken Word Album Children's Best Children's Album Comedy Best Comedy Album Musical Theatre Best Musical Theater Album

Special
Special
Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award Trustees Award Legend Award Grammy Hall of Fame MusiCares

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