Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, has received its first-ever Grammy Award for its production of Janis Ian’s acclaimed memoir, Society’s Child: My Autobiography. The audiobook of Society’s Child, in which Ian performs every song she references in the course of her narration, was three years in the making and recorded entirely live. Announced yesterday at the 55 th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the award was Ian’s second career Grammy in nine nominations that span 46 years.
“I believe this would be called a stunning upset,” said Ian, accepting her award. “My first Grammy nomination came when I was 15 years old. For better and for worse, I have watched my business become an industry—but one thing will never change. We don’t sell music. We sell dreams.”
Ian added, “I am so proud of this audiobook, a tremendous collaboration with Audible and my director, Stefan Rudnicki. The opportunity to sing and play while telling my story was terribly special, and I am grateful for the great skill and care Audible brought to the production.”
The other nominees in the Best Spoken Word Album category were First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Quipped Ian, “I keep thinking there’s got to be a punchline here…an ex-president, the First Lady and three lesbians walk into a bar…”In addition to her previous Grammy nominations and awards, Ian has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on two separate occasions. “We knew when we acquired this audiobook that it would be something very special, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that our first Grammy award has come as a result of this landmark spoken-word performance by the legendary Janis Ian,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. “Congratulations to Janis and to the stellar Audible Studios production team.”