Ex-US First Lady Michelle Obama wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album
Michelle's husband and former US President Barack Obama had earlier won two Grammy awards in the same category.
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has won a Grammy Award for the “Best Spoken Word Album”. She won the award for the audiobook recording for her memoir “Becoming”. This is Michelle’s first Grammy nomination and win.
Her husband and former President Barack Obama had earlier won two Grammy awards in the same category. He won the awards in 2006 and 2008, for his books "Dreams From My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope", respectively.
Michelle beat out various artists in the category, including Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Scott Sherratt & Dan Zitt for The Beastie Boys Book; Eric Alexandrakis for I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor; John Waters for Mr. Know-It-All; and Sekou Andrews & The String Theory for Sekou Andrews & The String Theory.
Michelle’s “Becoming” was the best-selling hardcover book of 2018. It surpassed 2 million books sold in the US and Canada, selling more than 725,000 copies alone on its first day out.
But she isn't the only former First Lady with a Grammy. Hillary Clinton won in the same category for the audiobook version of "It Takes a Village" in 1997.
Meanwhile, Dolly Parton also won her 10th competitive Grammy Award, as "music's biggest night" kicks off in Los Angeles.
The country star picked up best contemporary Christian song for "God Only Knows", a duet with King & Country.
Rap star Lil Nas X also won two awards for his viral hit "Old Town Road": Best video and best pop group performance.
Many recipients paid tribute to basketball star Kobe Bryant, who played for 20 years at the Staples Arena, where the Grammys are taking place.
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr opened the pre-show, where the bulk of the night's 84 awards are distributed, by recognising the star's contribution.
Other early winners included British dance act The Chemical Brothers, whose single "Got To Keep On" was named Best Dance Recording.
Beyoncé's "Homecoming", which captured her historic headline performance at the Coachella music festival, won Best Music Film.
Spanish singer Rosalía also picked up best Latin recording for her album "El Mal Querer" -- and said she was looking forward to her "flamenco-inspired" performance during the main ceremony, which starts at 01:00 GMT on Monday.