The presidential hopeful beats out Bill Clinton to win best spoken word album

By Caris Davis
Updated February 11, 2008 10:00 AM
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Barack Obama got the better of Clinton – Bill Clinton, that is – in a different kind of run-off this weekend.

The Democratic presidential hopeful won the Grammy for best spoken word album on Sunday for the audio edition of his book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. The Illinois Senator beat out two former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, to claim the trophy. (Maya Angelou and Alan Alda also vied for the prize.)

Although it was not Clinton’s year, the author of Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World has won the category twice before.

Obama’s current political rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, won in 1996 for It Takes a Village.

The two Democrats remain locked in a heated battle for the presidential nomination.