It has been more than a year since she tragically passed away, but, Carrie Fisher’s heritage is still making an impact, with the late actor now winning her first Grammy Award.
The posthumous recognition was for the Best Spoken Word Album. Carrie Fisher had voiced her 2016 memoir The Princess Diarist and had received the nomination for the audio version.
The book was a review of her days filming the first Star Wars film, which is now called A New Hope, way back in 1976. There are details related to her affair with Harrison Ford, something that wasn’t common knowledge before she disclosed it in the book. It was the second time that Fisher was nominated for the Grammy Awards, and she had earlier been nominated for her 2009 memoir Wishful Drinking.
In the Spoken Word Album category, Fisher had strong competition from Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo for Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In, Neil deGrasse Tyson for Astrophysics For People In A Hurry, Bruce Springsteen for Born to Run, and Shelly Peiken for Confessions of a Serial Songwriter.
Fisher had earlier received nominations for other awards after her death such as the Emmy Award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her work on the Amazon Original series Catastrophe. However, the Grammy is the first award received by Fisher posthumously.
The announcement of the award was made during the Grammy pre-show, and the remaining winners were to be announced during the main award show.
Fisher had a legacy which had far-reaching impact, especially as Princess/General Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise. Her last portrayal of the iconic character was in the last month’s release Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The film showed Fisher’s character to be a gutsy leader readying for the future, grooming Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to lead the Resistance in the years to come. Her last scene with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) turned out to be a formal end for the actor and the character.
Lucasfilm has stated on record that they don’t plan to revive Leia in future films using CGI, the way they created her younger version in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Fisher’s final performance as Leia Organa can be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, currently playing in some theaters.