Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Barack Obama nominated for first Emmy Award

Former president Barack Obama is now an Emmy nominee.

Obama was nominated for outstanding narrator for the Netflix documentary series "Our Great National Parks." Each episode tells the story of a national park through the lives of its wildest residents while exploring our relationship with the wilderness.

This is the first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Obama, though the "Yes We Can" music video released as a promotional tool for the Obama campaign in 2008 was honored with the first-ever Daytime Emmy Award for Best New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment. Obama was also featured in the documentary David Attenborough Meets President Obama, which was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy in 2016, but was not for Obama personally. The former president has won a Grammy with a win in 2008 in the Spoken Word Album category as the narrator of The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. He was recently nominated again for a Grammy in the same category for A Promised Land.

Others nominated in the category are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Black Patriots: Heroes of the Civil War), David Attenborough (The Mating Game), W. Kamau Bell (We Need to Talk About Cosby) and Lupita Nyong’o (Serengeti II).

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