Patrice J. Williams
January 26, 2018 1:14 pm

Want to know something about the 2018 Grammys that might surprise you? A former presidential candidate and The Incredible Hulk are up for an award, together. Yes, Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo are both nominated for a Grammy in the Spoken Word category.

Actually, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising as Ruffalo has been a huge Bernie supporter since his presidential campaign. Naturally, he narrated the audio version of Sanders’ book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. The book, which was published just after the 2016 election, covers Sanders’ campaign, the primaries, and an action plan for what’s next.

It also shouldn’t be too shocking that Sanders received the Grammy nomination for his audio book. The Grammys’ Spoken Word category is frequently dominated by political figures, especially former presidents. Jimmy Carter won a Grammy in 2016 for the audio version of his book A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, and Barack Obama nabbed awards in 2006 and 2008.

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Our former First Lady, Secretary of State, and presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, won the award back in 1997 for the audio version of her book It Takes A Village.

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Though the category typically favors politicians, this year’s nominees are pretty diverse — including Neil deGrasse Tyson for Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and the late, great Carrie Fisher for The Princess Diarist.

If Sanders and Ruffalo walk away with the Grammy, we know that will mean getting to hear one awesome acceptance speech.

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