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20 People You Won’t Believe Have Grammys

Politicians, actors, athletes and Baha Men who have surprisingly won on Music’s Biggest Night

Barack Obama

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Though some people were shocked at all the love the Grammys were giving Meghan Trainor in 2015, her Record of the Year nom was practically Thriller-level obvious compared to the Grammys’ history in giving the occasional (and occasionally well-deserved!) left-field awards to politicians, actors, athletes and Baha Men. Here’s a list 20 people that you won’t believe have awards while Snoop Dogg and Morrissey’s shelves go trophyless.

Mikael Gorbachev Bill Clinton Sophia Loren

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Mikael Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and Sophia Loren

The Grammys love Prokofiev's children's tale Peter and the Wolf (Patrick Stewart won an award in for his narration in 1996). But you haven't really heard the composition that taught you what a bassoon sounds like until you've heard it told by two great world leaders — oh, and Bill Clinton too. Their 2004 version trounced Harry Potter and took home an award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. The upcoming Putin/Bush/Angie Dickinson version is an early frontrunner for 2016.

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