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How Bernie Sanders, Meryl Streep, and Michelle Obama Ended Up Competing for a Grammy

Viola Davis at the 65th annual Grammy Awards, 2023. Image courtesy of Chris Pizzello/AP Photo.

Scrolling through this year’s list of Grammy nominees brings forth a number of usual suspects: Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift. And then… Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, William Shatner, and Rick Rubin? The latter are all nominated in the Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording category. Three presidents have won the award (Jimmy, Barack, and Bill), as have Martin Luther King Jr., Orson Welles, and Betty White. It’s cinched more than a few EGOTs for multi-hyphenates as well, including Viola Davis, who won last year.

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