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Best Spoken Word Album Grammy

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Best Spoken Word Album Grammy, 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.

2010s

Year Album Performer Author
2014
(56th)
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
2013
(55th)
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
Society’s Child Janis Ian Janis Ian
2012
(54th)
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
If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) Betty White Betty White
The Mark of Zorro Val Kilmer and cast Yuri Rasovsky
2011
(53rd)
American on Purpose Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson
The Bedwetter Sarah Silverman Sarah Silverman
Earth (The Audiobook) Jon Stewart and The Daily Show staff Jon Stewart and The Daily Show staff
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
2010
(52nd)
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.

2000s

Year Album Performer Author
2009
(51st)
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
An Inconvenient Truth Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon, and Blair Underwood Al Gore
Life Beyond Measure Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris Davis Sedaris
2008
(50th)
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
2007
(49th)
I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! Bob Newhart Bob Newhart
New Rules Bill Maher Bill Maher
Our Endangered Values Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter
The Truth (with Jokes) Al Franken Al Franken
With Ossie and Ruby Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
2006
(48th)
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
Dreams from My Father Barack Obama Barack Obama
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? George Carlin George Carlin
2005
(47th)
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
My Life Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
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
2004
(46th)
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them Al Franken Al Franken
2003
(45th)
A Song Flung Up to Heaven Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
Live 2002 Robin Williams Robin Williams
2002
(44th)
Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
2001
(43rd)
The Measure of a Man Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
2000
(42nd)
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. LeVar Burton Martin Luther King

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