Joan Rivers awarded posthumous Grammy
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Joan Rivers awarded posthumous Grammy

Comedienne wins her first award for audio version of her memoir ‘Diary of a Mad Diva’

Joan Rivers talks with people on the street while promoting her new book ‘Diary of a Mad Diva’ on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers talks with people on the street while promoting her new book ‘Diary of a Mad Diva’ on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Late Jewish American comedian Joan Rivers won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for “Diary of a Mad Diva,” at the 2015 ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday.

Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers, who is suing for medical malpractice over her mother’s September death at age 81, accepted the award.

“It’s a difficult moment. It’s a little bittersweet,” Melissa Rivers, told E! entertainment reporters on the red carpet. “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.”

The win marked Rivers’ first Grammy win, she was previously nominated in 1984 for her comedy album “What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?”

The iconic performer, who died in September of complications during a medical procedure, was an outspoken advocate of Israel.

Shortly before her death, Rivers made waves when she publicly said that Hamas was responsible for last summer’s outbreak of violence with Israel.

Jewish comedian, actor and singer Jack Black also won a Grammy for Best Metal performance during Sunday’s award show.

Black’s band, Tenacious D, won for their cover of Ronnie James Dio’s “The Last in Line.”

Other notable 2015 Grammy winners were British pop singer Sam Smith who won Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his his album and single “Stay With Me” and alternative singer-songwriter Beck took home the award for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album.

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