February 12, 2008
Barack Obama Wins Thrice at the Grammys
The Obama Grammy win you've probably already heard about was The Audacity of Hope receiving the award for Best Spoken Word Album, beating Bill Clinton's Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, among other audio books.
But more touching was Herbie Hancock's speech following the Jazz musician's surprise win for album of the year. Clearly very moved, he took the occasion to put his success in the context of Obama's candidacy:
"I'd like to thank the Academy for courageously breaking the mold this time. In doing so, honoring the giants upon whose shoulders I stand, some of whom like Miles Davis, John Coltrane ... unquestionably, deserved the award in the past. But this is a new day, that proves that the impossible can be made possible. Yes, We Can!"
Finally, Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas singer who published the wildly popular viral video celebrating Obama's New Hampshire "Yes we can" speech, followed his rap performance with a call to viewers to "get out and vote." To the more than 10,000,000 viewers of that video, the meaning was clear.