If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t), Betty White’s charming humorous memoir from Penguin Audio, took top honors at last night’s Grammy awards. However, the Spoken Word Grammy nominees also served to honor the memory of a true icon of spoken word dramatization: Yuri Rasovsky, whose career was noted in this Los Angeles Times obituary. Here’s a lovely tribute to from narrator Scott Brick:
Though heavy, my heart is also joyful, because even though we lost him weeks ago, the work of Yuri Rasovsky is being celebrated tonight in the audiobook industry — two of his works received Grammy nominations in the Spoken Word category, his recording of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet, as well as the multi-voice Mark of Zorrow we did last year. Here’s hoping Yuri gets the nod during tonight’s ceremony! And congratulations to Blackstone Audio, who published both of those recordings. Fingers crossed! And all hail El Fiendo T. Mighty! (Yuri’s nom de guerre; the T stands for “The” by the way)
Sadly, there’s no Children’s Spoken word to announce, as that category has been discontinued. You can try a sample of White’s Grammy winner here. Next up in audiobook awards – the 2012 Audies Awards on June 5th. Looking for a total recap of all audiobook honor & awards for titles released in 2011? Check out my list of the best of 2011!