Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album


Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

The 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 it has been awarded as Best Spoken Word Album

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

2000s

*Grammy Awards of 2008
**Barack Obama for ""
*Grammy Awards of 2007
**Jimmy Carter for "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis"; and
**Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee for "With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together" (Tie)
*Grammy Awards of 2006
**Barack Obama for "Dreams from My Father"
*Grammy Awards of 2005
**Bill Clinton for "My Life"
*Grammy Awards of 2004
**Paul Ruben (producer) & Al Franken for ""
*Grammy Awards of 2003
**Charles B. Potter (producer) & Maya Angelou for "A Song Flung Up to Heaven"
*Grammy Awards of 2002
**Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) & Elisa Shokoff (producer) & Quincy Jones for "Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones"
*Grammy Awards of 2001
**Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for "The Measure of a Man"
*Grammy Awards of 2000
**LeVar Burton for "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr."

1990s

*Grammy Awards of 1999
**Christopher Reeve for "Still Me"
*Grammy Awards of 1998
**Charles Kuralt for "Charles Kuralt's Spring"
*Grammy Awards of 1997
**Hillary Rodham Clinton for "It Takes a Village"
*Grammy Awards of 1996
**Maya Angelou for "Phenomenal Woman"
*Grammy Awards of 1995
**Henry Rollins for "Get in the Van"
*Grammy Awards of 1994
**Maya Angelou for "On the Pulse of Morning"
*Grammy Awards of 1993
**Earvin "Magic" Johnson & Robert O'Keefe for "What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS"
*Grammy Awards of 1992
**Ken Burns for "The Civil War"
*Grammy Awards of 1991
**George Burns for "Gracie - A Love Story"
*Grammy Awards of 1990
**Gilda Radner for "It's Always Something"

1980s

*Grammy Awards of 1989
**Jesse Jackson for "Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson"
*Grammy Awards of 1988
**Garrison Keillor for "Lake Wobegon Days"
*Grammy Awards of 1987
**Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins & Sam Phillips for "Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions"
*Grammy Awards of 1986
**Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
*Grammy Awards of 1985
**Ben Kingsley for "The Words of Gandhi"
*Grammy Awards of 1984
**William Warfield for "Copland: A Lincoln Portrait"
*Grammy Awards of 1983
**Tom Voegeli (producer) for "Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Movie on Record" performed by various artists
*Grammy Awards of 1982
**Orson Welles for "Donovan's Brain"
*Grammy Awards of 1981
**Pat Carroll for "Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein"
*Grammy Awards of 1980
**John Gielgud for "Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare"

1970s

*Grammy Awards of 1979
**Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane"
*Grammy Awards of 1978
**Kenny Leckie for "Foxbar Marathons"
*Grammy Awards of 1977
**Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones & Orson Welles for "Great American Documents"
*Grammy Awards of 1976
**James Whitmore for "Give 'Em Hell Harry"
*Grammy Awards of 1975
**Peter Cook & Dudley Moore for "Good Evening"
*Grammy Awards of 1974
**Richard Harris for "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
*Grammy Awards of 1973
**Bruce Botnick (producer) for "Lenny" performed by the original cast
*Grammy Awards of 1972
**Les Crane for "Desiderata"
*Grammy Awards of 1971
**Martin Luther King, Jr. for "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam"
*Grammy Awards of 1970
**Art Linkletter & Diane Linkletter for "We Love You Call Collect"

1960s

*Grammy Awards of 1969
**Rod McKuen for "Lonesome Cities"
*Grammy Awards of 1968
**Everett Dirksen for "Gallant Men"
*Grammy Awards of 1967
**Edward R. Murrow for "Edward R. Murrow - A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years"
*Grammy Awards of 1966
**Goddard Lieberson (producer) for "John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him"
*Grammy Awards of 1965
**That Was The Week That Was for "BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy" performed by the "That Was the Week That Was" cast
*Grammy Awards of 1964
**Edward Albee (playwright) for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" performed by Melinda Dillon, George Grizzard, Uta Hagen & Arthur Hill
*Grammy Awards of 1963
**Charles Laughton for "The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton"
*Grammy Awards of 1962
**Leonard Bernstein for "Humor in Music"
*Grammy Awards of 1961
**Robert Bialek (producer) for "FDR Speaks"
*Grammy Awards of 1960
**Carl Sandburg for "A Lincoln Portrait"

1950s

*Grammy Awards of 1959
**Stan Freberg for "The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows"

ee also

*Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children


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