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Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

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First awarded  1959
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The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album has been awarded since 1959. The award had several minor name changes:

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  • In 1959 the award was known as Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word
  • From 1960 to 1961 it was awarded as Best Performance - Documentary or Spoken Word (other than comedy)
  • From 1962 to 1963 it was awarded as Best Documentary or Spoken Word Recording (other than comedy)
  • From 1964 to 1965 it was awarded as Best Documentary, Spoken Word or Drama Recording (other than comedy)
  • In 1966 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word or Drama Recording
  • From 1967 to 1968 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording
  • From 1969 to 1979 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word Recording
  • From 1980 to 1983 it returned to the title of Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording
  • From 1984 to 1991 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording
  • From 1992 to 1997 it was awarded as Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album
  • Since 1998 it has been awarded as Best Spoken Word Album
  • The category now also includes audio books, poetry readings and story telling.

    Three US Presidents have won the awards: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, along with spoken recordings of John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Four U.S. Senators have won: Barack Obama, Everett Dirksen, Al Franken, and Hillary Clinton.

    Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for a recording released in the previous year. Winners are indicated in boldface.

    2010s

    * Album producers; performed by various artists.

    1990s

  • Grammy Awards of 1999
  • Christopher Reeve for Still Me
  • Toni Morrison for Beloved
  • David Holt & Bill Mooney for Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends
  • Jimmy Carter for The Virtues of Aging
  • Garrison Keillor for Wobegon Boy
  • Grammy Awards of 1998
  • Charles Kuralt for Charles Kuralt's Spring
  • Jodie Foster for Contact
  • Maya Angelou for Even the Stars Look Lonesome
  • Jimmy Carter for Living Faith
  • Walter Cronkite for A Reporter's Life
  • Grammy Awards of 1997
  • Hillary Clinton for It Takes a Village
  • Garrison Keillor for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Charles Kuralt for Charles Kuralt's America
  • Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn, CCH Pounder & Alfre Woodard for Grow Old Along with Me, The Best Is Yet to Be
  • Lauren Bacall, Martin Landau, Jack Lemmon & Gregory Peck for Harry S Truman: A Journey to Independence
  • Grammy Awards of 1996
  • Maya Angelou for Phenomenal Woman
  • Garrison Keillor for Guy Noir: Radio Private Eye
  • Leonard Nimoy for I Am Spock
  • Danny Glover for Long Walk to Freedom
  • Grammy Awards of 1995
  • Henry Rollins for Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag
  • Ken Burns for Baseball
  • Gregory Peck for The Bible (The New Testament)
  • Kenneth Branagh and the Renaissance Theatre Company for Hamlet
  • Ben Kingsley for Schindler's List
  • Grammy Awards of 1994
  • Maya Angelou for On the Pulse of Morning
  • Arlo Guthrie for Bound for Glory
  • Emma Thompson for Howards End
  • Levar Burton for Miles: The Autobiography
  • Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward for Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
  • Grammy Awards of 1993
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson & Robert O'Keefe for What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS
  • Fannie Flagg for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
  • Garrison Keillor for Stories
  • Ken Nordine for Devout Catalyst
  • Patrick Stewart for A Christmas Carol
  • Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich for This Is Orson Welles
  • Grammy Awards of 1992
  • Ken Burns for The Civil War
  • Grammy Awards of 1991
  • George Burns for Gracie - A Love Story
  • Grammy Awards of 1990
  • Gilda Radner for It's Always Something
  • 1980s

  • Grammy Awards of 1989
  • Jesse Jackson for Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • John Gielgud for A Christmas Carol
  • Jonathan Winters for Winters' Tale
  • various artists, Garrison Keillor for A Prairie Home Companion: The 2nd Annual Farewell Performance
  • John Cleese for The Screwtape Letters
  • Grammy Awards of 1988
  • Garrison Keillor for Lake Wobegon Days
  • Katharine Hepburn for Lincoln Portrait - track from Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait and Other Works
  • Lauren Bacall for Lauren Bacall by Myself
  • Leonard Nimoy for Whales Alive
  • Leonard Nimoy, George Takei for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Grammy Awards of 1987
  • Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins & Sam Phillips for Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions
  • Bill Cosby for Hardheaded Boys
  • F. Murray Abraham for Interview with the Vampire
  • John Gielgud for Gulliver
  • Ray Bradbury for The Stories of Ray Bradbury
  • Grammy Awards of 1986
  • Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Alan Arkin for Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Dick Cavett for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • John Le Carre for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre
  • Philip Roth for Zuckerman Bound by Philip Roth
  • Grammy Awards of 1985
  • Ben Kingsley for The Words of Gandhi
  • Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close for The Real Thing (Broadway Cast)
  • John Lennon, Yoko Ono for Heart Play (Unfinished Dialogue)
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson for Our Time Has Come
  • Grammy Awards of 1984
  • William Warfield for Copland: A Lincoln Portrait
  • Jane Fonda, Femmy De Lyser for Jane Fonda's Workout Record for Pregnancy, Birth and Recovery
  • John Gielgud, Irene Worth for Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
  • Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows for Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Home Computers
  • Grammy Awards of 1983
  • Tom Voegeli (producer) for Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Movie on Record performed by various artists
  • Grammy Awards of 1982
  • Orson Welles for Donovan's Brain
  • Paul McCartney; Vic Garbarini (interviewer) for The McCartney Interview
  • E.G. Marshall for Justice Holmes' Decisions
  • Ed McMahon for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • James Mason for Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
  • Grammy Awards of 1981
  • Pat Carroll for Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
  • Mahalia Jackson for I Sing Because I'm Happy, Vols. 1 and 2
  • original cast with narration - Adventures of Luke Skywalker: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Orson Welles for Obediently Yours/Orson Welles
  • Peter Ustinov for A Curb in the Sky (James Thurber)
  • Grammy Awards of 1980
  • John Gielgud for Ages of Man Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare
  • Henry Fonda for The Ox-Bow Incident
  • Jim Morrison for An American Player
  • Ken Nordine for Stare with Your Ears
  • Original motion picture soundtrack for Apocalypse Now
  • Orson Welles, Helen Hayes for Orson Welles/Helen Hayes at Their Best
  • 1970s

  • Grammy Awards of 1979
  • Orson Welles for Citizen Kane Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • original soundtrack for Television - Roots
  • Judith Anderson, Claire Bloom, James Mason, George Rose, Gordon Gould for Wuthering Heights
  • Henry Fonda for John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Richard Nixon, David Frost for The Nixon Interviews with David Frost
  • Grammy Awards of 1978
  • Julie Harris for The Belle of Amherst
  • Alex Haley for Alex Haley Tells the Story of His Search for Roots
  • Harry Truman speaking with Ben Gradus The Truman Tapes
  • original cast, Ntozake Shange (writer) For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf
  • Christopher Tolkien for J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion of Beren and Luthien
  • Grammy Awards of 1977
  • Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones & Orson Welles for Great American Documents
  • Charlton Heston for Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea
  • James Mason for Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Ray Bradbury for Fahrenheit 451
  • William Shatner for Asimov: Foundation: The Psychohistoricans
  • Grammy Awards of 1976
  • James Whitmore for Give 'em Hell, Harry!
  • Alistair Cooke for Talk About America
  • Claudia McNeil for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Maureen Stapleton for To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Orson Welles for Immortal Sherlock Holmes Mercury Theatre on the Air
  • Richard Harris for The Prophet
  • Grammy Awards of 1975
  • Peter Cook & Dudley Moore for Good Evening
  • Eric Sevareid for An Ear to the Sounds of Our History
  • Rod McKuen for Autumn
  • Sam Ervin for Senator Sam at Home
  • Grammy Awards of 1974
  • Richard Harris for Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • Billie Holiday for Songs and Conversations
  • John Wayne for America, Why I Love Her
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr. for Slaughterhouse Five
  • Vincent Price for Witches, Ghosts and Goblins
  • Grammy Awards of 1973
  • Bruce Botnick (producer) for Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast
  • Angela Davis for Angela Davis Speaks
  • Rod McKuen for The Word
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko for Yevtushenko
  • Grammy Awards of 1972
  • Les Crane for Desiderata
  • James Whitmore for Will Rogers' U.S.A.
  • Richard Chamberlain for Hamlet
  • Stacy Keach, Robert Ryan, Geraldine Fitzgerald for Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Walter Cronkite for I Can Hear It Now/The Sixties
  • Grammy Awards of 1971
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. for Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam
  • Apollo 8, 11, 12 astronauts, Presidents Kennedy and Nixon for In the Beginning
  • Ambrose, Dryden, Hecht, Molloy, Seeger for Poems and Ballads from 100-Plus American Poets
  • Bill Cosby for Grover Henson Feels Forgotten
  • Everett Dirksen for Everett Dirksen's America
  • Grammy Awards of 1970
  • Art Linkletter & Diane Linkletter for We Love You Call Collect
  • James Earl Jones for The Great White Hope
  • Walter Cronkite for Man On The Moon
  • 1960s

  • Grammy Awards of 1969
  • Rod McKuen for Lonesome Cities
  • Martin Luther King Jr. for I Have a Dream
  • Martin Starkie for The Canterbury Pilgrims
  • Paul Scofield for Murder in the Cathedral
  • Grammy Awards of 1968
  • Everett Dirksen for Gallant Men
  • Hal Holbrook for Mark Twain Tonight, Vol. 3
  • James Dickey for Poems of James Dickey
  • Patrick Magee, Cyril Cusack for The Balcony
  • Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw for A Man For All Seasons
  • Rod McKuen for The Earth
  • Victor Lundberg for An Open Letter to My Teenage Son
  • Grammy Awards of 1967
  • Edward R. Murrow for Edward R. Murrow - A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years
  • Buddy Starcher for History Repeats Itself
  • Johnny Sea for Day for Decision
  • Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock for Death of a Salesman
  • Grammy Awards of 1966
  • Goddard Lieberson (producer) for John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him
  • Adlai Stevenson for The Voice of the Uncommon Man
  • Alec Guinness for A Personal Choice
  • Chet Huntley, David Brinkley for A Time to Keep:'64
  • Margaret Webster for The Brontes
  • National Theatre of Great Britain for Much Ado About Nothing
  • Grammy Awards of 1965
  • That Was The Week That Was for BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy performed by the That Was the Week That Was cast
  • John F. Kennedy, narrated by David Brinkley, introduction by Adlai Stevenson for The Kennedy Wit
  • original cast with Alec Guinness, Kate Reid for Dylan
  • Richard Burton (original cast: Hume Cronyn, John Gielgud, Alfred Drake, George Voskovec, Eileen Herlie, William Redfield, George Ross) - Shakespeare: Hamlet
  • Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole - Dialogue Highlights from Becket
  • Grammy Awards of 1964
  • Edward Albee (playwright) for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? performed by Melinda Dillon, George Grizzard, Uta Hagen & Arthur Hill
  • Bertolt Brecht, (playwright) for Brecht on Brecht (original cast with Dane Clark, Anne Jackson, Lotte Lenya, Viveca Lindfors)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (with Joan Baez, Marian Anderson, Odetta, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, Bob Dylan) for We Shall Overcome (The March on Washington, August 28,'63)
  • Goddard Leiberson, producer (Pete Seeger and others) for The Badmen
  • Norman Weiser, producer (David Teig, narrator) for John F. Kennedy - The Presidential Years
  • Grammy Awards of 1963
  • Charles Laughton for The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton
  • Carl Sandburg for Carl Sandburg Reading His Poetry
  • Claude Rains, reader; Glenn Gould, pianist for Enoch Arden (music by R. Strauss; poem by Alfred Tennyson)
  • Laurence Harvey for This Is My Beloved
  • Stan Kenton for Mama Sang a Song
  • Grammy Awards of 1962
  • Leonard Bernstein for Humor in Music
  • Sandburg, Shapley, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lipschitz for Wisdom, Vol. 1
  • Alexander Scourby for The Coming of Christ
  • Dorothy Parker for The World of Dorothy Parker
  • Hal Holbrook for More of Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!
  • Grammy Awards of 1961
  • Robert Bialek (producer) for FDR Speaks
  • John Gielgud for Ages of Man, Vol. 2 (One Man in His Time) Part 2 - Shakespeare
  • Archibald MacLeish for J.B.
  • Henry Fonda for Voices of the Twentieth Century
  • Grammy Awards of 1960
  • Carl Sandburg for A Lincoln Portrait
  • Basil Rathbone - for Basil Rathbone Reads Sherlock Holmes
  • Hal Holbrook - for Mark Twain Tonight
  • John Gielgud - for Ages of Man
  • Tony Schwartz - for New York Taxi Driver
  • 1950s

  • Grammy Awards of 1959
  • Stan Freberg for The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows
  • Henry Jacobs for Two Interviews of Our Time
  • Marian Anderson for The Lady from Philadelphia
  • Melvyn Douglas, Vincent Price, Carl Sandburg, Ed Begley for Great American Speeches
  • Stan Freberg for Green Christmas
  • References

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