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Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton lose Best Spoken Word Grammy Award to Janis Ian

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The battle for the Best Spoken Word Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards was a who's who of liberal politicians and personalities, including First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton, but it was 1970s singer-songwriter Janis Ian who pulled off the upset.

Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres were also nominated in the category, leading Ian to reveal that she was just as shocked as everybody else when her name was called for 'Society's Child.'

"To say this is a stunning upset would be an understatement," Ian said after accepting the award. "I keep thinking there's a punchline here somewhere: An ex-president, a first lady and three lesbians walk into a bar..."

Ian most likely won because the other four nominees, all popular personalities among liberals, canceled each other out.

Many considered Michelle Obama the favorite in this category for the audio recording of her book 'American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.' President Obama won this award in 2008 when he was still a senator.

The Spoken Word Grammy Award always includes a fascinating group of politicians and comedians not normally seen at a music awards ceremony. Past winners include President Barack Obama, President Jimmy Carter, Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Franken and Maya Angelou.

Check out more of my Grammy Awards articles.

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