Joan Rivers Honored With Posthumous Grammy Award

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Melissa Rivers and son Cooper Endicott with the Best Spoken Word Album award won by Joan Rivers at the Grammys, February 8, 2015.Credit: AFP

Comedian Joan Rivers won a posthumous Grammy Award.

It was the first Grammy for Rivers, in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of her 2014 memoir “Diary of a Mad Diva.” It was River’s 12th book.

“It’s a difficult moment. It’s a little bittersweet,” Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, said on the E! channel’s "Live From the Red Carpet," during the Sunday night broadcast of the awards. “But it’s wonderful how loved she was and how she’s getting so much attention, and people are understanding what she was really about,” Melissa Rivers added.

Rivers died in September at 81, a week after being rushed to Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital after her heart stopped during throat surgery at a clinic. Doctors at the hospital put her in an induced coma from which she never awoke.

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