It has been 36 years since Gloria Gaynor became a big star with her anthem I Will Survive, a No. 1 hit and Grammy winner for best disco recording in 1979.

But true to the song, she’s back at the Grammys after all these years — with a nomination for best spoken word album. It’s the longest time between nominations among any of this year’s Grammy contenders.

“I was ecstatic,” recalls Gaynor, 65, when she learned of the nod for We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song. She faces stiff competition; others nominated in the spoken word category include James Franco, the late Joan Rivers and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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