Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton & Rachel Maddow grab Grammy nominations

The 2012 Grammy nominations were announced Wednesday, and among the nominees are First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Both democrats will go head-to-head against one another for the prize for Best Spoken Word Album.

Obama faces steep competition in Clinton, who won the same category for the audio version of his autobiography My Life in 2005. Perhaps her husband, who won the category twice for his books Dreams From My Father and The Audacity Of Hope, will bring her luck on the night of the big show.

The First Lady received the nomination for the audio version of her book American Grown. The website for the book defines American Grown as, “The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.” In the book Obama details her experiences as a “novice gardener” and emphasizes the need for healthier foods in America’s communities and schools.

Clinton is being recognized for the audio version of his book Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy. The Washington Post described the book as “a slim volume packed with ideas on how to fix America’s broken job machine.”

Obama and Clinton are up against two of the top personalities currently on television - Rachel Maddow, who was nominated for Drift: The Unmooring , of American Military Power, and Ellen DeGeneres, nominated for Seriously…I’m Kidding – as well as Grammy award winning singer Janis Ian (who performed on the first episode of “Saturday Night Live”) who was nominated for Society’s Child: My Autobiography.

America will have to wait until February 10, 2013 to see if any of the four outspoken Democrats are able to beat Ian.

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