The 2018 Grammy nominations, though still playing it relatively safe when it comes to the big ticket awards, also show off a markedly more relevant slate of nominees than usual. Naturally, multiple nominations went to bonafide, longtime music institutions like Jay-Z and Bruno Mars, but nominations also went to actually-cutting edge artists like SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, and Kehlani.
Also, Bernie Sanders is nominated.
Sen. Sanders picked up a Grammy nomination in the spoken word category for the Mark Ruffalo-narrated Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, his 2016 memoir. Just like a certain other high-profile contest, no one should take Sanders’ victory as a given, as he faces some stiff competition in the category: also nominated are Neil Degrasse Tyson for Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Bruce Springsteen for Born to Run, and Carrie Fisher for The Princess Diarist.
Can Sanders follow in the footsteps of other high-profile U.S. political Grammy winners? Both Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are two-time Grammy winners in the same audiobook category, with Jimmy Carter winning last year with A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety and in 2007 for Our Endangered Values, and Barack Obama’s picking up two awards for Dreams from my Father in 2006 and The Audacity of Hope in 2008. As long as Debbie Wasserman Schultz stays off the Grammy committee, he should have a shot.
Oh, and in case you were wondering: Yes, Sanders did briefly have some songs. Here he is, uh, singing, way back in 1987.