Late Joan Rivers Collects Grammy, Beats Out Jimmy Carter, James Franco, Elizabeth Warren

Joan's daughter, Melissa, accepted the award, and cracked a few jokes in the process.


Comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away last September, managed, nevertheless, to win a Grammy, for best spoken word album—for her narration of the audio version of her own memoir “Diary of a Mad Diva.”

The late Rivers beat out albums read by James Franco, Gloria Gaynor, John Waters, Jimmy Carter, and Senator Elizabeth Warren. On the other hand, they got to stay alive a while longer, so it’s all good.

Joan’s daughter, Melissa, accepted the award, and cracked a few jokes in the process.

“My mother would be absolutely thrilled to be here. She loved getting anything. If she thought she could get something at a Waffle House in Secaucus, she would be there, ” the younger Rivers told the audience.

“If my mother was here tonight, she would not only be honored and thrilled to win, she would most likely have it copied and on the air on QVC by 11, ” Melissa added.

Holding on to her 14-year-old son, Cooper, Melissa told E! the win was “bittersweet.”

“It’s a difficult moment, ” she said, but, still, “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.”

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