Blowout and Charlotte’s Web Nominated for the Best Spoken Word Album GRAMMY® Award

Rachel Maddow’s Blowout, read by the author, and E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, narrated by Meryl Streep and a full cast, have earned 2021 Best Spoken Word Album GRAMMY® Award nominations.

Blowout, Maddow’s 2019 investigative account exposing the oil and gas industry, was a #1 New York Times best seller and spent three months on the audio nonfiction best seller list. In their audio review, Booklist said “Maddow’s narration elevates the listening experience.” Maddow was previously nominated in this category for her book Drift in 2013. Blowout was produced on audio by Aaron Blank and is also available in print from Crown.

Listen to a clip of Blowout written & read by Rachel Maddow

E.B. White’s classic Charlotte’s Web was reimagined as a full cast audiobook production voiced by Meryl Streep and a full cast of more than 20 veteran audiobook narrators, with original cover art by E.B. White biographer and illustrator Melissa Sweet. The New York Times Book Review praised the new recording: “Turn off your sound machine. Throw away that blankie. Meryl Streep has bedtime covered tonight…And, no surprise, this new audiobook is a keeper.” Streep has previously received Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Award nominations, and numerous wins, for her work. Charlotte’s Web was produced on audio by Kelly Gildea.

Listen to a clip of Charlotte’s Web read by Meryl Streep and a Full Cast

Michelle Obama’s Becoming documentary, detailing the publication of her bestselling and GRAMMY®-winning memoir, was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (composed by Kamasi Washington). The Beastie Boys’ Beastie Boys Story, released after the publication of their GRAMMY®-nominated memoir Beastie Boys Book, was nominated for Best Music Film.

The nominations were announced today by the Recording Academy®; the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be presented Sunday, January 31, 2021, hosted by Penguin Random House author Trevor Noah (Born a Crime).

Penguin Random House Audio titles have previously earned 16 GRAMMY® Awards, including the 2020 Best Spoken Word Album winner, Michelle Obama’s Becoming, and 47 additional GRAMMY® nominations.