Jimmy Carter became the second former U.S. president to win a Grammy Award when he was honored in the spoken-word category Sunday for the audio-book version of his bestseller “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.”
Carter, 82, shared the award in a rare tie with actress Ruby Dee and her late husband Ossie Davis for “With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together.”
Davis, a prominent actor and civil rights activist died of natural causes in 2005, aged 87.
Carter was not present at the music industry’s biggest event, which was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Former President Bill Clinton won spoken-word Grammys in 2004 and 2005, as did his wife, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in 1997 while she was still first lady.
Mrs. Clinton’s rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, won a Grammy last year for the audio-book version of his book “Dreams From My Father.”
Dee was present to accept her award.
“I feel like a rock star, or something,” she said, subsequently referring to her husband. “I truly believe he is present today.”
The other nominees were comedians Bob Newhart, Bill Maher and Al Franken.