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Michelle Obama Wins Grammy for Audio Recording of ‘Becoming’

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Michelle Obama can now add Grammy winner to her growing list of accolades after taking home a golden gramophone on Sunday.

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  • The former first lady won her first Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook version of her best-selling memoir.
  • In her memoir, Obama tells the story of her childhood and life leading up to the 2008 election. It went on to sell more than 11 million copies and is one of the top-selling autobiographies ever written, according to the publisher.
  • The 56-year-old beat out other nominees including Scott Sherratt and Dan Zitt for Beastie Boys Book.
  • Though she wasn’t on hand to accept the award at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Best Jazz Vocal Album winner Esperanza Spalding told the audience that she would “gladly accept on her behalf”.
  • At last year’s Grammys, Mrs. Obama surprised the crowd when she made an appearance onstage alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Alicia Keys. Even though there was no golden trophy for her that night, she did earn a 25-second standing ovation.
  • Michelle Obama isn’t the first wife of a U.S. president to win a Grammy. Back in 1997, Hillary Clinton won in the same category for her book, It Takes A Village.
  • There could be another award on the horizon for the both of them next month at the Oscars, or at least an award for a project they both had a hand in creating, for their Netflix documentary American Factory.
  • Former vice president and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden congratulated Michelle Obama on her Grammy, tweeting: “Just beat Barack to an EGOT, will ya?”

Former President Barack Obama (58) nabbed the award in 2006 for his recording of Dreams From My Father and again in 2008 for The Audacity of Hope.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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