The late comedian, who won her first Grammy Award posthumously in February, will be honored with a new display at the Grammy Museum

By Tierney McAfee
May 28, 2015 02:15 PM
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Joan Rivers may be gone, but her legacy lives on. The Grammy Museum announced Tuesday that it will unveil a new display next month honoring the Grammy-winning comedian.

The “Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?” exhibit will feature stage costumes worn by Rivers – including several Bob Mackie originals – one of her vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks, several awards, family photographs and her hardcover book collection, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Earlier this year, The Recording Academy awarded my mother her very first Grammy, which was truly an honor. On this occasion, which celebrates her 82nd birthday, it’s also an honor to have her incredible legacy included in the Grammy Museum’s ongoing tribute to the greatest comedic icons of all time,” the late comedian’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement.

“To her, comedy was music. There was a rhythm, but instead of notes, there were words. And just like any of her fellow Grammy Award winners who have been on exhibition in the museum, you know she loved to play.”

“Joan Rivers’ unapologetic one-liners and brave, biting commentary on her personal life opened doors for other female comedians,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum. “With this latest display in our comedy series, we continue to spotlight some of the greatest comedic performers, many of whom have been recognized by the Grammy Awards.”

Rivers, who died in September at 81 after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure, won the Grammy for best spoken-word album for her Diary of a Mad Diva in February.

Despite this win, she was left out of the award show’s “In Memoriam” tribute. Her daughter responded with a Facebook statement at the time, writing, “It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but [my son] Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom’s passing and we choose to focus on that.”

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