Janis Ian and Audible Studios Win Grammy Award® in Best Spoken Word Album
Category for Society’s Child
Singer-songwriter Janis Ian collects her second Grammy win; Ian’s audiobook
gives Audible Studios its first Grammy
NEWARK, N.J. -- February 11, 2013
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.”
In 2012, Audible Studios secured a record 37 nominations for the Audie Awards,
which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances, and
took home six awards in 17 applicable categories. Audible Studios Audie
nominees in 2012 included performances by Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Branagh,
Elijah Wood, Alan Cumming, Bronson Pinchot and Wil Wheaton; other 2012 Audie
nominees included audiobook performances by DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda,
Val Kilmer, Hope Davis, Rob Lowe, John Lithgow, Kathleen Turner and Sissy
Spacek. Audible Studios received its first Grammy nomination in the Best
Spoken Word Album category in 2010 for The Woody Allen Collection.
With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of
audiobooks in the world.
Audible, the world’s leading provider of digital spoken-word entertainment,
invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997 and has
since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download
segment. In 2011, downloads by Audible members increased by more than 40% over
2010, with individual members downloading an average of more than 18 books
over the course of a year. More than half of current Audible members are
first-time audiobook buyers.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading
provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the
Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every
day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for
anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully
entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from
more than 1,800 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers,
broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business
information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word
audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.
Matthew Thornton, 973-820-0402
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