Artists from every genre are joined together each year at the GRAMMY Awards. This past Sunday, Alicia Keys hosted the 61st GRAMMY awards show on CBS, awarding artists such as Ariana Grande, Cardi B, and Dan + Shay. Alongside these artists were many various Christian bands and artists hoping to join the list of previous winners in their genre. Past GRAMMY winners in Christian music have included artists TobyMac, for KING & COUNTRY, and Zach Williams, who was last year’s winner.
This year’s nominees for Best Gospel Performance/Song included Jekalyn Carr, Koryn Hawthorne, Tori Kelly, Jonathan McReynolds, and Brian Courtney Wilson. The winner was Tori Kelly with her song “Never Alone,” which features Kirk Franklin. Kelly auditioned for American Idol and performed on the finale for season nine of The Voice, later joining Adam Levine as an advisor for the tenth season. You may also recognize her voice from the Illumination movie “Sing,” where she is the voice of a shy elephant named Meena. Kelly has been featured on numerous TV shows, including The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Kelly has had one past nomination for the 58th GRAMMY Awards, also performing on the show that year.
This was not the only win for Kelly on Sunday night, as she also was the winner in the category of Best Gospel Album for her album “Hiding Place.” Other nominees in this category included Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, The Walls Group, and Brian Courtney Wilson.
For Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, the nominees were Cory Asbury, Lauren Daigle, for KING & COUNTRY, MercyMe, and Tauren Wells. This year’s winner was Lauren Daigle for her song “You Say.” Daigle has appeared on both The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Other awards Daigle has won include several GMA Dove Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and American Music Awards, along with two past nominations for the GRAMMYs.
Just like Kelly, Daigle pulled away with a second GRAMMY win. This win was for her album “Look Up Child” in the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Other artists in this category included Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith, and Zach Williams.
The final win in Christian music for the GRAMMY awards was selected from the category of Best Roots Gospel Album. Nominees in this category included Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, The Martins, and Gordon Mote. This year’s winner was Jason Crabb for his album “Unexpected.” Crabb has a previous award in the GRAMMYs and has been nominated for the GRAMMYs four other times. He also was a winner at the GMA Dove Awards last year.
The GRAMMY Awards wrapped up for these three artists in celebration of their wins. Kelly, Daigle, and Crabb thanked family, friends, other recording artists, and ultimately Jesus as they received their awards. A night of excitement has concluded for these Christian artists as they hold onto the joy of what they were able to accomplish through Him.