GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for Best Spoken Word Or Non-musical Album

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Best Spoken Word Or Non-musical Album

 

63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020)
 
winner

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth

Aaron Blank, producer

nominees

Catch And Kill

Meryl Streep

Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)

Meryl Streep (& Full cast)

Flea

Acid For The Children: A Memoir

GRAMMYs

Alex Trebek - The Answer Is...

62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2019)
 
winner
Michelle Obama

Becoming

Scott Cresswell & Dan Zitt, producers; Adam Rooner, engineer/mixer

nominees

Beastie Boys Book

(Various Artists)

Eric Alexandrakis

I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor

John Waters

Mr. Know-It-All

Sekou Andrews

Sekou Andrews & The String Theory

Sekou Andrews (& The String Theory)

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2018)
 
winner

Faith - A Journey For All

Elisa Shokoff, producer; Rick Bradley & John St. Denis, engineers/mixers

nominees

Calypso

Questlove

Creative Quest

Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn

Courtney B. Vance

Accessory To War (Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang)

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017)
 
winner
Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist

Dan Zitt, producer; Nikki Banks Maurer, engineer/mixer

nominees

Astrophysics For People In A Hurry

Bruce Springsteen

Born To Run

Shelly Peiken

Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders)

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)
 
winner

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox

Aaron Blank, producer; Dominic Camardella, engineer/mixer

nominees

Amy Schumer

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

Patti Smith

M Train

Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia)

(Various Artists)

Elvis Costello

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)
 
winner

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

Elisa Shokoff, producer

nominees

Patti Smith

Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø)

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks

Janis Ian

Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller)

Amy Poehler

Yes Please

Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)
 
winner
Joan Rivers

Diary Of A Mad Diva

Diane Mckiernan, producer; Nikki Banks Maurer & Jared O'Connell, engineers/mixers

nominees

A Call To Action

John Waters

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

A Fighting Chance

Gloria Gaynor

We Will Survive: True Stories Of Encouragement, Inspiration, And The Power Of Song

Actors Anonymous

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2013)
 
winner
Aaron Cohen

America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't

nominees

Carrie And Me

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

Still Foolin' 'Em

Pete Seeger

The Storm King

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)
 
winner
Janis Ian, Stefan Rudnicki

Society's Child: My Autobiography

Mike Charzuk, Christina Harcar, Jason Ojalvo & Stefan Rudnicki, producers; Stefan Rudnicki & Ted Scott, engineers/mixers

nominees

American Grown (Michelle Obama)

(Various Artists)

Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power

Ellen DeGeneres

Seriously... I'm Kidding

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)
 
winner
Betty White, Kevin Thomsen

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)

Kevin Thomsen, producer; Pete Pantelis & Jeremy Wesley, engineers/mixers

nominees

Tina Fey

Bossypants

Fab Fan Memories - The Beatles Bond

(Various Artists)

Hamlet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

Dan Donohue & Various Artists

Val Kilmer

The Mark Of Zorro

Val Kilmer & Cast

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner
Rory Albanese

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)

Jon Stewart (With Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, John Oliver & Sigourney Weaver)

nominees

American On Purpose

Sarah Silverman

The Bedwetter

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Future...

This Time Together: Laughter And Reflection

Woody Allen

The Woody Allen Collection: Mere Anarchy, Side Effects, Without Feathers, Getting Even

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner

Always Looking Up

Paul Ruben, producer; Zane Birdwell & Lance Neal, engineers/mixers

nominees

Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters - A Very Special Time

Jonathan Winters (Music By Verne Langdon & Skip Edwards)

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Maltese Falcon

Various Artists Including Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann & Others

We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land

Carrie Fisher

Wishful Drinking

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner
Blair Underwood

An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore)

Elisa Shokoff, producer

nominees

Steve Martin

Born Standing Up

I Am America (And So Can You!)

Stephen Colbert & Various Artists

Life Beyond Measure

When You Are Engulfed In Flames

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner

The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream

Jacob Bronstein, producer

nominees

Celebrations

Giving: How Each Of Us Can Change The World

Sunday Mornings In Plains: Bringing Peace To A Changing World

Alan Alda

Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner

Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

Elisa Shokoff, producer; John P. St. Denis & Steven Strassman, engineers/mixers

winner
Ruby Dee

With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together

Taro Meyer, producer; Peter Pantelis & Steven Strassman, engineers/mixers

nominees

Bill Maher

New Rules - Polite Musings From A Timid Observer

Al Franken

The Truth (With Jokes)

Bob Newhart

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner

Dreams From My Father (Senator Barack Obama)

nominees

Garrison Keillor

The Adventures Of Guy Noir

Al Franken

The Al Franken Show Party Album

Sean Penn

Chronicles - Volume One (Bob Dylan)

George Carlin

When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops? (George Carlin)

47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner

My Life

Jacob Bronstein & Daniel Zitt, producers; Scott Cresswell, engineer/mixer

nominees

Steve Martin

The Pleasure Of My Company

Tyne Daly

The World According To Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers)

Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim

David Holt

Live & Kickin' At The National Storytelling Festival

David Holt & Zeb Holt

46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner
Al Franken

Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right (Al Franken)

Paul Ruben, producer

nominees

Fear Itself (Walter Mosley)

Living History (Hillary Rodham Clinton)

The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection (Nikki Giovanni)

Bill Maher

When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden (Bill Maher)

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner

A Song Flung Up To Heaven

nominees

Lucky Man (Michael J. Fox)

Nothing Is Impossible (Christopher Reeve)

Tim Robbins

The Great Gatsby

Robert Evans

The Kid Stays In The Picture (Robert Evans)

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner
Quincy Jones

Q - The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones

Elisa Shokoff, producer

nominees

An Hour Before Daylight (Jimmy Carter)

Garrison Keillor

Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 (Garrison Keillor)

Carl Reiner

Letters From The Earth - Uncensored Writings By Mark Twain

War Letters - Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars (Edited by Andrew Carroll)

(Various Artists Including Rob Lowe, Noah Wyle, Joan Allen, Tom Brokaw & Harry Smith, Narrator)

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner
Rick Harris

The Measure Of A Man

nominees

Matt Dillon

On The Road - Unabridged (Jack Kerouac) (Album)

Steve Martin

Shopgirl (Steve Martin) (Album)

The Complete Shakespeare Sonnets (Album)

Various Artists (Including Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart, Al Pacino & Others)

Jerry Stiller

Married To Laughter - A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara (Jerry Stiller) (Album)

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 
winner

The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

nominees

Frank McCourt

'Tis (Album)

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard's My House Of Memories - For The Record (Album)

Nanci Griffith

The Chieftains - The Authorized Biography (Album)

Betty Buckley
,
Mandy Patinkin

The Diaries Of Adam And Eve: Translated By Mark Twain (Album)

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner

nominees

Beloved (Album)

David Holt

Spiders In The Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends (Album)

The Virtues Of Aging (Album)

Garrison Keillor

Wobegon Boy (Album)

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner

Charles Kuralt's Spring

nominees

A Reporter's Life (Album)

Jodie Foster

Contact (Album)

Even The Stars Look Lonesome (Album)

Living Faith (Album)

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner

It Takes A Village

nominees

Charles Kuralt's America (Album)

Ed Asner

Grow Old Along With Me The Best Is Yet To Be (Album)

Lauren Bacall

Harry S Truman: A Journey To Independence (Album)

Garrison Keillor

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (Album)

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner

Phenomenal Woman

nominees

Garrison Keillor

Guy Noir: Radio Private Eye (Album)

Leonard Nimoy

I Am Spock (Album)

Danny Glover

Long Walk To Freedom (Album)

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner

Get In The Van - On The Road With Black Flag

nominees

Ken Burns

Baseball (Album)

Hamlet (Album)

Schindler's List (Album)

The Bible (Album)

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner

On The Pulse Of Morning

nominees

Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (Album)

Arlo Guthrie

Bound For Glory (Album)

Howard's End (Album)

Miles: The Autobiography (Album)

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner

What You Can Do To Avoid AIDS

nominees

Patrick Stewart

A Christmas Carol (Album)

Ken Nordine

Devout Catalyst (Album)

Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe (Album)

Garrison Keillor

Stories (Album)

Orson Welles

This Is Orson Welles (Album)

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
winner
Ken Burns

The Civil War

nominees

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (Album)

A Life On The Road (Album)

Me: Stories Of My Life (Album)

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner

Gracie - A Love Story

nominees

Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion: The 4th Annual Farewell (Album)

Kyle MacLachlan

Diane..."The Twin Peaks Tapes Of Agent Cooper" (Album)

Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart And His Poems (Album)

Profiles In Courage (Album)

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner

It's Always Something

nominees

John Gielgud Reads Alice In Wonderland (Album)

Steve Allen

The War Of The Worlds 50th Anniversary Production (Album)

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten (Album)

I Want To Grow Hair, I Want To Grow Up, I Want To Go To Boise (Album)

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner

Speech By Rev. Jesse Jackson

nominees

A Christmas Carol (Album)

Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion: The 2nd Annual Farewell Performance (Album)

John Cleese

The Screwtape Letters

Jonathan Winters

Winters' Tales (Album)

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner
Garrison Keillor

Lake Wobegon Days

nominees

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall By Myself

Lincoln Portrait (Track)

Katharine Hepburn

Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Nimoy

Whales Alive (Album)

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner
Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Chips Moman

Interviews From The Class Of '55 Recording Sessions

nominees

Gulliver (Album)

Bill Cosby

Hardheaded Boys (Album)

Bill Cosby Featuring Double Force

Interview With The Vampire

The Stories Of Ray Bradbury (Album)

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

(Original Broadway Cast)

nominees

Catch 22

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Zukerman Bound (Album)

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner

The Words Of Gandhi

nominees

John Lennon
,
Yoko Ono

Heart Play (Unfinished Dialogue) (Album)

Our Time Has Come (Album)

The Real Thing (Original Cast Recording)

The Story Of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (Dialogue And Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack With Narration) (Album)

(Various Artists)

26th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1983)
 
winner

Copland: A Lincoln Portrait

nominees

Steve Allen

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Home Computers (Album)

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda's Work Out Record For Pregnancy, Birth And Recovery (Album)

Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats (Album)

The Robots Of Dawn (Album)

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)
 
winner

Raiders Of The Lost Ark - The Movie On Record

(Various Artists)

nominees

2010: Odyssey Two (Album)

Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickelby (Album)

Foundation's Edge (Album)

No Man's Land (Album)

24th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1981)
 
winner
Orson Welles

Donovan's Brain

nominees

'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Track)

Justice Holmes' Decisions (Album)

E. G. Marshall And Louis Nizer

Paul McCartney

The McCartney Interview (Album)

James Mason

Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita (Album)

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)
 
winner
Pat Carroll

Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein

nominees

A Curb In The Sky (Album)

Adventures Of Luke Skywalker (Album)

The Empire Strikes Back (Original Cast W/Narration)

GRAMMYs

I Sing Because I'm Happy Volsumes 1 And 2 (Album)

Orson Welles

Obediently Yours; Orson Welles (Album)

22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)
 
winner

Ages Of Man - Readings From Shakespeare

nominees

Apocalypse Now (Album)

Orson Welles

Orson Welles/Helen Hayes At Their Best (Album)

Ken Nordine

Stare With Your Ears (Album)

Henry Fonda

The Ox-Bow Incident (Album)

Jim Morrison

An American Prayer (Album)

21st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1978)
 
winner
Orson Welles

Citizen Kane

nominees

Henry Fonda

John Steinbeck: The Grapes Of Wrath (Excerpts) (Album)

Roots

Original Sound Track For TV

GRAMMYs

The Nixon Interviews With David Frost

Richard Nixon; Interviewed by David Frost

Claire Bloom
,
James Mason
,
George Rose
20th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1977)
 
winner

The Belle Of Amherst

nominees

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion Of Beren And Luthien (Album)

The Truman Tapes (Album)

Alex Haley Tells The Story Of His Search For Roots (Album)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf (Album)

Original Cast

19th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1976)
 
winner
Orson Welles, Henry Fonda

Great American Documents

nominees

William Shatner

Asimov: Foundation - The Psychohistorians (Album)

James Mason

Dickens: A Tale Of Two Cities (Album)

Fahrenheit 451 (Album)

Hemingway: The Old Man And The Sea (Album)

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)
 
winner

Give 'Em Hell Harry

nominees

Talk About America (Album)

The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman (Album)

Richard Harris

The Prophet (Album)

To Kill A Mockingbird (Album)

Orson Welles

Immortal Sherlock Holmes Mercury Theater On The Air (Album)

17th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1974)
 
winner
Dudley Moore

Good Evening

nominees

An Ear To The Sounds Of Our History (Album)

Autumn (Track)

Senator Sam At Home (Album)

Watergate Volume Three: I Hope The President Is Forgiven (Album)

John W. Dean III

16th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1973)
 
winner
Richard Harris

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

nominees

Slaughterhouse Five (Album)

Billie Holiday

Songs And Conversations (Album)

Vincent Price

Witches, Ghosts And Goblins (Album)

America, Why I Love Her (Album)

15th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1972)
 
winner

Lenny

(Original Cast)

nominees

Cannonball Adderley Presents Soul Zodiac

Rich Holmes

The Word

Yevtushenko

Yevtushenko (Album)

14th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1971)
 
winner

Desiderata

nominees

Hamlet (Album)

I Can Hear It Now - The Sixties (Album)

Stacy Keach

Long Day's Journey Into Night (Album)

Will Rogers' U.S.A. (Album)

13th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1970)
 
winner

Why I Oppose The War In Vietnam

nominees

Everett Dirksen's America (Album)

Bill Cosby

Grover Henson Feels Forgotten

In The Beginning

Poems And Ballads From 100-Plus American Poets (Album)

Amanda Ambrose, Bob Dryden, Paul Hecht, Paul Malloy, Pete Seeger

Jesse Pearson

The Soft Sea (Album)

12th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1969)
 
winner

We Love You Call Collect

nominees

Jesse Pearson

Home To The Sea (Album)

Man On The Moon (Album)

Robert F. Kennedy: A Memorial (Album)

The Great White Hope (Album)

James Earl Jones And Original Broadway Cast

11th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1968)
 
winner

Lonesome Cities

nominees

I Have A Dream (Album)

Kennedy-Nixon: The Great Debates, 1960 (Album)

John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon

Paul Scofield

Murder In The Cathedral (Album)

Paul Scofield And Cast

The Canterbury Pilgrims (Album)

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1967)
 
winner

Gallant Men

nominees

An Open Letter To My Teenage Son (Album)

Mark Twain Tonight, Vol. 3 (Album)

Poems Of James Dickey (Album)

The Balcony (Album)

Patrick Magee And Cyril Cusak

The Earth (Album)

Paul Scofield

A Man For All Seasons (Album)

9th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1966)
 
winner

Edward R. Murrow - A Reporter Remembers Vol. I The War Years

nominees

Day For Decision

Death Of A Salesman (Album)

History Repeats Itself (Album)

The Stevenson Wit (Album)

8th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1965)
 
winner

John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him

(John F. Kennedy)

nominees

Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Album)

The Brontes (Album)

The Voice Of The Uncommon Man (Album)

Adlai Stevenson

Alec Guinness

A Personal Choice (Album)

A Time To Keep: 1964

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)
 
winner

BBC Tribute To John F. Kennedy

That Was The Week That Was (Cast)

nominees

Dialogue Highlights From Beckett

Kate Reid
,
Alec Guinness

Dylan (Album)

Kate Reid, Alec Guinness And Original Cast

Shakespeare: Hamlet (Album)

Richard Burton And Original Broadway Cast

Laurence Olivier

Shakespeare: Othello (Album)

The Kennedy Wit

John F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, David Brinkley

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)
 
winner

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

(Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, George Grizzard & Melinda Dillon)

nominees

The Badmen (Album)

Pete Seeger And Others

We Shall Overcome (The March On Washington...August 28, 1963)

Martin Luther King Jr. And Various Artists

Brecht On Brecht (Album)

Original Show Cast

John F. Kennedy - The Presidential Years (With David Teig As Narrator) (Album)

(John F. Kennedy)

Strange Interlude (Album)

Betty Field, Jane Fonda, Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Geoff Horne, William Prince, Geraldine Page, Richard Thomas, Franchot Tone

5th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1962)
 
winner

The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton

nominees

Carl Sandburg Reading His Poetry (Album)

Glenn Gould
,
Claude Rains

Enoch Arden (Music By R. Strauss/Poem By Alfred Tennyson) (Album)

Leonard Bernstein

First Performance: Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts (Album)

Stan Kenton

Mama Sang A Song

Michael Redgrave

Sir Michael Redgrave Reads Chekov Stories (Album)

Six Million Accuse (Album)

This Is My Beloved (Album)

4th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1961)
 
winner
Leonard Bernstein

Humor In Music

nominees

More Of Hal Holbrook In Mark Twain Tonight! (Album)

The Coming Of Christ (Album)

Dorothy Parker

The World Of Dorothy Parker (Album)

Wisdom, Vol. 1

(Various Artists)

3rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1960)
 
winner

FDR Speaks

(Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

nominees

Part Two Of Shakespeare's "Ages Of Man", "One Man In This Time" (Album)

Henry Fonda

Voices Of The Twentieth Century (Album)

2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1959)
 
winner

A Lincoln Portrait

nominees

Tony Schwartz

New York Taxi Driver (Album)

Ages Of Man (Album)

Basil Rathbone Reads Sherlock Holmes (Album)

Mark Twain Tonight (Album)

1st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1958)
 
winner
Stan Freberg

The Best Of The Stan Freberg Shows

nominees

2 Interviews Of Our Times (Album)

Vincent Price

Great American Speeches (Album)

Stan Freberg

Green Christmas (Album)

Mike Nichols

Improvisations To Music

Marian Anderson

The Lady From Philadelphia (Album)