Rachel Maddow won a Grammy. That’s right, the MSNBC host won a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word category for her book “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth.”

The book uncovers problems presented by America’s reliance on fossil fuels. Maddow, 47, defeated Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings, journalist Ronan Farrow and actress Meryl Streep for the honor.

Maddow admitted to being surprised by the Recording Academy’s recognition, tweeting “wait, what?” and revealing she and longtime partner Susan Mikula celebrated in the car with screams that woke their dog.

Maddow later tweeted the best part of the audiobook is a cameo by the Russian feminist punk protest band Pussy Riot. 

Maddow wasn’t the only lesbian to win a Grammy at the 63rd annual awards show. Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile won Best Country Song for “Crowded Table.” Carlile, 39, who is married, was quick to respond to this week’s news that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions.

“The desire to live your life with someone you love instead of being alone is not a ‘sin’ you are BLESSED and you have NEVER needed the opulent and hypocritical Vatican,” she tweeted. 

GLAAD compiled a complete list of LGBT Grammy winners that can be found on their website.


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