Both First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton were denied a Grammy last night in the spoken word category, a turn of events that shocked the winner, singer Janis Ian.
“I can’t believe I won over them,” said Ian. “To say this is an upset is an understatement.”
Ian also somehow bested MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres, the other nominees.
“I keep thinking there’s a punchline here somewhere: An ex-president, a first lady and three lesbians walk into a bar,” Ian wisecracked.
Ian, Maddow and DeGeneres are all openly gay.
The spoken word category featured a notable absence of conservatives which, the Daily Caller notes, is typical.
“If you’re a conservative, you are more likely to be appointed to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet than be nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Spoken Word Album’ category,” notes Daily Caller writer Jamie Weinstein.
Among the past winners mentioned by Weinstein are Jimmy Carter, who was also nominated six times, President Obama – who one for reading both his books and who will no doubt win for his memoirs – John Stewart, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). Franken also has won twice, once for his book “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.”