The awards ceremony will take place on 13 September, but the smaller awards are announced earlier.
Another president had received an Emmy before - Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 - but in his case it was an honorary award.
After leaving office in 2017, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama each wrote a 'best-seller' and, in addition to their non-profit foundation, created a production company that signed a deal with Netflix worth an estimated tens of millions of dollars.
Their company's first documentary, 'American Factory', won an Oscar for best documentary feature and an Emmy for directing, but the awards went to the filmmakers.
Barack Obama's successor as President, Donald Trump, did not win an Emmy for the reality show "The Apprentice", although he was nominated twice.
Other nominees in the narrator category include former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ("Black Patriots: Heroes Of The Civil War"), Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o ("Serengeti II") and veteran David Attenborough ("The Mating Game").
The former US President (2009-2017) also won two previous Grammy Awards for the audio versions of his memoirs, "The Audacity of Hope" ("The Audacity of Hope") and "The Origin of My Dreams" ("Dreams from My Father").
Obama's other honours include the Nobel Peace Prize after his victory in the 2008 presidential election for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation among people".
Barack Obama wins Emmy for documentary series narration
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