While dazzling divas, rock gods and teen pop sensations are expected to dominate the evening as usual Sunday night at the Grammys, there will likely be a few unexpected names popping up on the winners’ list at the end of the night. For example, Billy Crystal could walk away with a statue this weekend. Yes, that Billy Crystal.
If you look past the usual suspects, the annals of Grammy history are crowded with unlikely victors. Ahead, the 12 most surprising Grammy winners.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
She’s not just a former senator and first lady (and possible 2016 presidential candidate) — The Hill also has a quarter of her EGOT. She won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 1997 for the audiobook of “It Takes a Village.” (Bill got one later, in 2004, for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.)
The Golden Girl clinched her statue in 2012 for reading her book, “If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t).” Of course, we’d listen to her read the phone book and still give her an award for it.
There’s no telling whether winning a Grammy was one of Barack Obama’s father’s dreams, but in 2008, the president clinched the golden gramophone for the audiobook of “Dreams of My Father.”
Michael J. Fox
In 2010, Michael J. Fox’s “Always Looking Up” audiobook snagged the big prize for a place in the trophy case next to Fox’s five Emmys, two SAG Awards and four Golden Globes.
We bet it felt pretty super when Reeve won a 1999 Grammy for the audiobook of “Still Me.”
Talk about magical. NBA great and activist Magic Johnson, alongside Robert O’Keefe, was awarded a 1993 Grammy for the audiobook of “What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS.”
James Earl Jones
Luke, I am your Grammy winner! Darth Vader himself won a 1977 statue for his performance on the “Great American Documents” audiobook.
We wonder if Audrey Hepburn fans celebrated the actress’ posthumous 1994 win for the children’s audiobook “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales” with a breakfast.
Grammy, engage! Captain Picard himself, Patrick Stewart, won his Grammy in 1996 for a children’s recording of “Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf.”
Don’t go getting any ideas that Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career was legitimate — his 2006 win was for Best Compilation Soundtrack for his lead performance on the “Walk the Line” soundtrack.
Say what you will about “Garden State” and Zach Braff’s cred as a dramatic actor (and there are so many things to say), but there’s little to say against the movie’s innovative soundtrack, which scored a 2005 Grammy.
The guy has film accolades up to his ears, but Martin Scorsese won his 2005 Grammy for directing “American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” which qualified in the Best Long Form Music Video category.