Elizabeth Warren, Grammy Winner? She's Up For One In The Spoken Word Category

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Among the Grammy nominees gearing up for Sunday's awards — alongside musicians such as U2, Sam Smith and Chick Corea — is Oklahoma native, grandmother and former Harvard professor-turned Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren is nominated in the Spoken Word category of the Grammys for her audio book "A Fighting Chance." In the book, she talks about her battle against big banks, big oil and a system she says is "rigged" in favor of those with money and power.

In sections of the book like the following, Warren says her passion stems from her working class upbringing:

I will be grateful to my mother and daddy until the day I die. They worked hard, really hard, to help my brothers and me along. But we also succeeded, at least in part, because we were lucky enough to grow up in an America that invested in kids like us and helped build a future where we could flourish.

Warren has some stiff competition, including former President Jimmy Carter and the late comedian Joan Rivers. And though she won't be at the ceremonies this weekend, according to her office, she did previously tweet that she was "tickled" to be nominated.

WBUR's Deborah Becker spoke about Warren's Grammy nomination with Prince Charles Alexander. Alexander is a professor of music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. He's also a Grammy-winning producer and is on the Grammy board.

This segment aired on February 6, 2015.


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