Neither Barack Obama nor Adele are primarily known for their television work, but their respective forays onto the small screen last year have won them each an Emmy. It adds to Obama’s Grammys, and Adele’s Oscar and Grammy awards.
Obama was the recipient of the best narrator Emmy Award for his voicework on the documentary series, Our Great National Parks. The Netflix show was produced by production company Higher Ground, which was set up by Obama and his wife Michelle after the former US President left office in 2017.
Obama follows Dwight ‘Ike’ Eisenhower as only the second American president to win an Emmy. Eisenhower was awarded an honorary Emmy in 1956 after delivering the first televised news conference from a US commander-in-chief.
Obama already has two Grammys for the audio-book versions of his memoirs, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father.
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Adele won her Emmy on Saturday for best outstanding variety special (pre-recorded), for her One Night Only performance. It’s not the snappiest of honours, but it adds to Adele’s impressive collection, leaving only a Tony award to complete the clean sweep. It means she now officially has an ‘EGO’.
She won an Oscar for the soundtrack to the 2015 Bond film Skyfall, on top of a whopping 15 Grammys.