Joan Rivers Wins Her Final GRAMMY Award, Melissa Cracks Awesome Jokes

by Zach Seemayer 6:37 PM PST, February 08, 2015
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Legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away in September, proved once again that she is one of the most talented figures in entertainment when she won a posthumous GRAMMY.

Rivers received the award for Best Spoken Word Album for narrating the audio version of her recent memoir Diary of a Mad Diva.

River’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, accepted the award on her late mother’s behalf.

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"My mother would be absolutely thrilled to be here. She loved getting anything — If she thought she could get something at a Waffle House in Secaucus, she would be there," Melissa joked, channeling her mother's acerbic humor.

"If my mother was here tonight, she would not only be honored and thrilled to win, she would most likely have it copied and on the air on QVC by 11," Melissa went on.

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In winning, Rivers beat out albums read by actor James Franco, singer Gloria Gaynor, director John Waters, former president Jimmy Carter, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

While this was Rivers' first GRAMMY win, she was nominated in 1984 for Best Comedy Album for her best-selling What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?

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On Aug. 28, Rivers suffered serious complications while undergoing throat surgery and was placed on life support. Rivers never woke from her medically induced coma, and passed away Sept. 4.

Check out the video below for a look at our tribute to Rivers' incredible legacy.