Jimmy Carter Just Got Nominated for a Grammy; Will He Break the Record with Obama and Clinton?

Famous pop stars and rappers might be the first to come to mind when you think of the Grammys. But there are plenty of other categories for nominations that matter just as much as Album of the Year. In fact, some of these nominations are destined to make history – like for 94-year-old former president Jimmy Carter.

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What Grammy did Jimmy Carter get nominated for?

He served as 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. But this politician didn’t disappear quietly into obscurity once his presidential duties were done. He participated in humanitarian efforts and donated to charities, including assisting with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He’s a prolific writer and has penned 30 books.

Former President Jimmy Carter received the 2019 spoken word Grammy nomination for his reading of “Faith: A Journey for All.” The New York Times best-selling book chronicles Carter’s own life and how much his faith affected his happiness. This is not the first book of his to delve into the topic of religion, and it’s not likely to be the last. Jimmy Carter is a fervent Christian and wants the world to know about it.

His Grammy nomination comes as no surprise. This is Jimmy Carter’s ninth nomination in the 21 years that the category has existed.

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Has Jimmy Carter won any awards?

It also won’t be too shocking if Jimmy Carter wins the Grammy. After all, of the nine other times he’s been nominated, he’s won twice. He took home the award in 2007 for his reading of “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis” and then again in 2016 for “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.”

Carter also won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

Have any other presidents won a Grammy?

Jimmy Carter isn’t the only former president to take home a Grammy. Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have also won the spoken word Grammy twice. This means Carter needs to secure this win in order to break the tie.

Clinton secured Grammy trophies in 2003 and 2004. Obama won in 2005 for his book, “Dreams From My Father,” even though the book was published a decade earlier. He took home another Grammy in 2007 for “The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream.”

The 2019 Grammys will air in February. Other nominees in the category include comedian Haddish for “The Last Black Unicorn,” musician Questlove’s “Creative Quest,” Courtney B. Vance for Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang’s “Accessory to War” and author David Sedaris’ “Calypso.”