Monday, February 11, 2008

Obama Wins Grammy For Best Spoken Word Album

Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album, for his audiobook version of his best-selling book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

Obama beat former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, poet Maya Angelou and actor Alan Alda for the award. Clinton’s Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World and Carter’s Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World had been among the nominees.

Obama had earlier won a Grammy in 2005 in the same category for his autobiography Dreams of My Father.

Digital Audio and Digital Music are blurring boundaries between politics and popular culture. In the case of Barack Obama, digital audio may be the very thing that secures him the democratic presidential nomination. Why? His book Audacity of Hope portrays a man who is real to the core, aware of the politic traps of D.C. culture and who, at every turn, examines issues for what they are. But you have to read it to know that. Many people in this country read books by listening to them. If undecided voters listen to Barack Obama's Grammy Award winning books, I believe he will be the next President of the United States because I believe they will support his candidacy.

If this happens, I will cite THIS MOMENT as the catalyst: When Barack Obama swept the primaries and won a Grammy in the same weekend.

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