Carrie Fisher Wins First-Ever Grammy Posthumously
Carrie Fisher's legacy lives on and, as it were, continues to grow. One year after her tragic passing, the iconic Star Wars actress won her very first Grammy. The honor — Best Spoken Word Album — was for the audio version of Fisher's 2016 best-selling memoir, The Princess Diarist.
The posthumous award was announced in conjunction with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday in New York City. Competing in the same category as Fisher were Bernie Sanders, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Ruffalo, Neil Degrasse Tyson and Shelly Peiken.
Inspired by the diaries Fisher kept in real life during her time working on the first Star Wars film, The Princess Diarist was a project Fisher collaborated on with her daughter, Billie Lourd.
Following the announcement of her mother's posthumous Grammy win, Lourd took to Instagram to express her pride, saying, "Princess Diarist was the last profesh(ish) thing my momby and I got to do together. I wish she was here to carry my down the red carpet in some bizarre floral ensemble but instead we'll celebrate in true Carrie style: in bed in front of the TV over cold Coca Colas and warm e cigs. I'm beyond proud."
Mark Hamill — Fisher's long-running Star Wars co-star, who plays Luke Skywalker — also chimed in with celebratory sentiments. "CONGRATULATIONS to my #GRAMMY-winning #SpaceSis!!! #AlwaysWithUs #AlwaysAWinner #CarrieOnFOREVER," Hamill tweeted.
The Princess Diarist proved to be Fisher's last book, released a mere five weeks before her unexpected death on Dec. 27, 2016, at age 60. According to the L.A. County Medical Examiner's office, the esteemed actress died of sleep apnea and other undetermined factors. However, the office pointed to contributing factors including drug abuse and pre-existing heart disease.
Fisher had previously been nominated for one other Grammy in the same category for her 2009 recording of Wishful Drinking.