Politicians nominated for spoken word album

As if the election season weren’t competitive enough, the Grammys have pitted Clinton against Obama.

Actually, it is former President Clinton who is facing off against his wife’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama, in the spoken word album category. Obama is nominated for his reading of his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” while Clinton got a nod for “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.”

But neither is a shoo-in, especially if politics influences voters’ choices. Also nominated were former President Carter for “Sunday Mornings in Plains,” Maya Angelou for “Celebrations” (she read a poem at Clinton’s 1992 inaugural) and Alan Alda for “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself” (he played a presidential candidate on “The West Wing”).

This race also has no real losers, as Obama and Carter have each won before, and Clinton won twice. (Hillary Clinton also won, in 1997, for “It Takes a Village.”)

But Angelou tops them all: She’s taken home a Grammy in this category three times.

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