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*Nominees for the 53rd Grammy Awards are in. And Christian artists have been selected for seven categories.

The categories include: Best Gospel Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel, Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album, Best Traditional Gospel Album, and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

The brother and sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans received two nominations for Best Gospel Performance for their song “Grace” and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for Still. They already have five Grammy Awards.

Israel Houghton, who received his third Grammy Award early this year, has two nominations as well – one for Best Gospel Performance for the song “You Hold My World” and another for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for Love God. Love People. His contenders for the latter category include TobyMac for Tonight, Ricky Skaggs for Mosaic, Sanctus Real for Pieces of a Real Heart and Steven Curtis Chapman for Beauty Will Rise.

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The following is the full list of nominees in the Gospel categories:

Best Gospel Performance

He Wants It All

Forever Jones

Track from: Get Ready

[EMI Gospel]

You Hold My World

Israel Houghton

Track from: Love God. Love People.

[Integrity Music]

Nobody Greater

VaShawn Mitchell

Track from: Triumphant

[EMI Gospel]

He’s Been Just That Good

Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway

Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III

[Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue Records]


BeBe & CeCe Winans

Track from: Still


Best Gospel Song

Beautiful Things

Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor, songwriters (Gungor)

Track from: Beautiful Things

[Brash Music]

Better Than A Hallelujah

Sarah Hart & Chapin Hartford, songwriters (Amy Grant)

Track from: Somewhere Down The Road

[Amy Grant Productions/ Sparrow Records; Publishers: River Oaks Music, Publishing, Sony/Tree Music Publishing, Michael Puryear Music]

It’s What I Do

Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway)

Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III

[Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue Records; Publishers: Whalumusic/Jerry Peters Music]

Our God

Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris


Track from: Passion: Awakening

[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords; Publishers: Thankyou Music, sixsteps Music/ Songs/Said And Done Music/Vamos Publishing/Jonas Myrin/SHOUT! Publishing]

Return To Sender

Gordon Kennedy, songwriter (Ricky Skaggs)

Track from: Mosaic

[Skaggs Family Records; Publisher: GlennJoy Music]

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album

Church Music

David Crowder Band

[Sparrow Records / Sixstepsrecords]

For Those Who Wait


[Flicker Records]

Beautiful Things


[Brash Music]



[Reach Records]

Hello Hurricane


[Atlantic Recording Corp/ Credential Recordings]

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

Beauty Will Rise

Steven Curtis Chapman

[Sparrow Records]

Love God. Love People.

Israel Houghton

[Integrity Music]

Pieces Of A Real Heart

Sanctus Real

[Sparrow Records]


Ricky Skaggs

[Skaggs Family Records]



[ForeFront Records]

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

Times Like These

Austins Bridge

[Daywind Records]

The Reason

Diamond Rio


Expecting Good Things

Jeff & Sheri Easter

[Spring Hill Music Group/She Loved Music]

Journey On

Ty Herndon

[FUNL Music]

Live At Oak Tree: Karen Peck & New River

Karen Peck & New River

[Daywind Records]

Best Traditional Gospel Album

The Experience

Vanessa Bell Armstrong

[EMI Gospel]

A City Called Heaven

Shirley Caesar

[Light Records]

Downtown Church

Patty Griffin

[Credential Recordings]

Here I Am

Marvin Sapp


All In One

Karen Clark Sheard

[KaRew Records/ EMI Gospel]

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

Get Ready

Forever Jones

[EMI Gospel]

Love Unstoppable

Fred Hammond



VaShawn Mitchell

[EMI Gospel]

Aaron Sledge

Aaron Sledge

[EMI Gospel]


BeBe & CeCe Winans


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