Mrs. Obama is nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audio version of “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” her first book that promotes her anti-obesity campaign.
The first lady will have to compete with former president Bill Clinton and MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow, who were also nominated in the same category. Clinton was nominated for “Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy,” and Maddow for her first book, “Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power.”
Mrs. Obama may join her husband who has won two Grammy awards in the same category, for the reading of each of his autobiographies in 2005 and 2007.
Other liberal political figures have won in the past, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 1996 for “It Takes a Village,” and Al Franken the same year for best spoken comedy album, “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot.”
“American Grown” is described as the “inspiring story” of the White House garden that Mrs. Obama undertook shortly after the Obamas took office in 2009.
“Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow?” the book’s description reads. “Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil.”
“Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life,” it says.
Winners will be revealed during the award ceremony that airs on Feb. 10 on CBS.