What an amazing afternoon for gospel music at the Pre-Grammy show! Two of the gospel industry's best artists, Tye Tribbett and Tasha Cobbs, have taken one of the most coveted awards in music. Coming off of a whirlwind weekend at the Stellar awards, the gospel industry is yet celebrating great accomplishments.
It's one thing to be recognized by your own peers, however to be able to have the music world to validate your presence is another. Gospel music artist have had their struggles throughout the years with being labeled "worldly" for having a cross-over appeal. What we fail to realize is that a lot of people won't even darken the door of a church, but will listen to gospel music. More and more gospel artists have begun to make the journey outside of the church four walls to meet the needs of the street. The Clark Sisters, The Winans, Commissioned, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Dawkins & Dawkins, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and others have led in the struggle to break down the walls that have existed to spread the gospel through music to the non-church goers. Today's generation of gospel artists, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Erica Campbell, Deitrick Haddon, etc. have taken the helm.
Congratulations to all the Gospel/Christian artists nominees and winners.
Below is a complete list of the Gospel/Christian nominees and winners:
BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE
WINNER: "Break Every Chain [Live]" Tasha Cobbs Motown Gospel
"Hurricane" Natalie Grant Curb Records
"Lord, I Need You" Matt Maher Essential Records
"Overcomer" Mandisa Sparrow Records
"If He Did It Before... Same God [Live]" Tye Tribbett Motown Gospel
BEST GOSPEL SONG
WINNER: "If He Did It Before... Same God [Live]" Tye Tribbett Motown Gospel
"Have Your Way" Calvin Frazier & Deitrick Haddon RCA Inspiration
"If I Believe"
Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson RCA Records / P Music Group Inc.
"A Little More Jesus"
Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell My Block Inc / Eone Music
"Still" Percy Bady ft. Lowell Pye Maranatha! Music/K-Bizz Ent.
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG
WINNER: "Overcomer" David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens (Mandisa) Sparrow Records
"Hurricane" Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant & Cindy Morgan (Natalie Grant) Curb Records
"Love Take Me Over"
Steven Curtis Chapman (Steven Curtis Chapman) Reunion Records
"Speak Life" Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Ryan Stevenson (Tobymac) Forefront Records
"Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)" Ed Cash, Scott Cash & Chris Tomlin (Chris Tomlin) sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records
BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
WINNER: "Greater Than [Live]" Tye Tribbett Motown Gospel
"Grace [Live]" Tasha Cobbs Motown Gospel
"Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 [Live]" Donald Lawrence Quietwater Entertainment/EOne
"Best Days Yet" Bishop Paul S. Morton Tehillah Music Group/EOne
"God Chaser [Live]" William Murphy RCA Inspiration/ Verity Gospel Music Group
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM
WINNER: "Overcomer" Mandisa Sparrow Records
"We Won't Be Shaken" Building 429 Essential Records
"All The People Said Amen [Live]" Matt Maher Essential Records
"Your Grace Finds Me (Live)" Matt Redman sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records
"Burning Lights" Chris Tomlin sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records