Jimmy Carter becomes Grammy star again

 16 Feb 2016 - 7:43

Jimmy Carter becomes Grammy star again
 

Los Angeles: Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, on Monday racked up another feat -- becoming a two-time Grammy winner.

The 91-year-old won for the second time at the music industry's premier awards in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for "A Full Life: Reflections at 90," an audio version of his memoir.

In the book, Carter describes his rise in politics and his stinging election defeat to Ronald Reagan in 1980.

But he also discusses his concerns about the state of the world and especially focuses on his worries about the impact of the marginalization of women.

Since leaving the White House, Carter has been an ardent champion of peacemaking efforts and global health and development, and has been increasingly outspoken in support of left-wing causes.

Carter did not appear at the Grammys to accept the award. 

In December, the former president said he was free of cancer, months after he reported that he was undergoing treatment as cancer had spread to his brain.

Carter also won a Grammy in 2007 for "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis," another audio version of a book on his political views.

Carter won the latest award over nominees including 69-year-old punk icon and writer Patti Smith, who despite her wide influence on music has never won a Grammy.

AFP