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It’s been a little over five months since the passing of legendary comedian and fashionista, Joan Rivers. But her legacy continues to live on as Hollywood and the media play tribute to the famed personality and all she has done for comedy. Even now, her success and talent is being recognized, as the late Joan Rivers just scored a Grammy for her hilarious memoir entitled “Diary of a Mad Diva”.
The award was announced during the pre-telecast of the show earlier this evening, and the spoken word album which contains narration of Rivers’ 12th book marks her first Grammy win.
Her memoir was up against works of a wide variety including James Franco’s “Actors Anonymous”, senator Elizabeth Warren’s “A Fighting Chance”, film director John Waters’ “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America”, singer Gloria Gaynor’s “We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song”, and former president Jimmy Carter’s “A Call to Action”. That’s right. Joan Rivers beat out a former president. And they say comedy is dead.
Rivers has been nominated for a Grammy before, in 1984 for her comedy album “What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?” Unfortunately, the comedian won’t be able to enjoy her win, though it reminds us all how incredible she truly was.
Melissa Rivers, daughter of the late comedian was in attendance at the Grammy’s and upon her mother’s win, was a bit shaken up. She told E!:
It's a difficult moment, it's a little bittersweet. [Joan] was nominated once for her comedy album…but it's wonderful how loved she was and how she's getting so much attention now, and people are really understanding what she's about.
“Diary of a Mad Diva” is Joan Rivers to a tee. Her mean humor was what got people laughing. You can basically open up to any page of the book, and instantly read an offending comment about someone. She shares her own observations on celebrities, Hollywood, and basically calls out a lot of the ridiculousness of it everything we know or potentially enjoy. It’s totally offensive, but it’s Joan Rivers, and she’s going to say whatever she wants to say, even after death. Whether or not you enjoy her type of humor, she represents something important in comedy. Standing by your own strong opinions, especially as a woman in the industry is a difficult feat, and Rivers always held her own. She is and will be dearly missed.