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2009 GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMY Winners and Nominees for Christian & Gospel Music




The nominees for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards were announced on December 3, 2008. The eligibility period is for albums released between Oct. 1, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2008. Winners were announced live in Los Angeles on February 9, 2009.

And the 2009 GRAMMY Awards Winners Are....

The Nominees List

Best Gospel Performance

I like Mary Mary for this one ... those ladies have unbelievable voices and their joy in the Lord shines through like a super-nova when they're on the stage.

  • WINNER - "Get Up" (Purchase/Download)
    Mary Mary
    Track from: The Sound

  • "I Understand" (Purchase/Download)
    Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, Bebe Winans, Mariah Carey & Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir
    Track from: Randy Jackson's Music Club, Volume One

  • "East To West" (Purchase/Download)
    Casting Crowns
    Track from: The Altar And The Door Live

  • "Shall We Gather At The River" (Purchase/Download)
    Take 6
    Track from: The Standard

  • "Waging War" (Purchase/Download)
    CeCe Winans
    Track from: Thy Kingdom Come

Best Gospel Song

Brandon Heath gets my vote here. "Give Me Your Eyes" is wonderful and it has done really, really well on the charts.

  • WINNER - "Help Me Believe" (Purchase/Download)
    Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
    Track from: The Fight Of My Life

  • "Cover Me" (Purchase/Download)
    James L. Moss, songwriter (21:03 With Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful & J Moss)
    Track from: Total Attention

  • "Get Up" (Purchase/Download)
    Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell & Eric Dawkins, songwriters (Mary Mary)
    Track from: The Sound

  • "Give Me Your Eyes" (Purchase/Download)
    Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)
    Track from: What If We

  • "You Reign" (Purchase/Download)
    Jim Bryson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer, songwriters (MercyMe)
    Track from: All That Is Within Me

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album

Congrats to After Edmund, Flame, Sanctus Real, Superchick and tobyMac (all groups that I like) but with no Third Day, DecembeRadio or Group 1 Crew listed here, I can't even get very excited about this category. I believe that tobyMac will take this one home in the end.

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

This one is a tough call. I love CeCe Winans but I wouldn't classify Thy Kingdom Come as a pop album at all. Between the others, well, I think we'll see Steven Curtis Chapman come out on top here.

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

Hymned Again is an amazing release and I would like to see Bart take the win here but the Gaither Vocal Band is a little more than just stiff competition!

Best Traditional Gospel Album

Dorinda Clark-Cole gets my vote here.

  • WINNER - Down In New Orleans (Compare Prices)
    The Blind Boys Of Alabama

  • I'll Say Yes (Compare Prices)
    The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

  • Take It Back (Compare Prices)
    Dorinda Clark-Cole

  • Together In Worship
    Deitrick Haddon Presents . . . Voices Of Unity

  • No Limit
    Bishop Charles E. Blake Presents... The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

My opinion? CeCe Winans should have been in this category, but since she's not, my vote goes to Jason Champion. He's up against some serious heavy-hitters, but the young man has a spark that can't be denied.

Opinion - The Nominees - What Were They Thinking?

Let me say that I greatly admire the artists that were nominated and those that won for the Gospel Categories and I think that there are many fine examples of excellent music in the list.

Now I will follow that with the question - What were they thinking? How could they possibly ignore Revelation by Third Day which released in July 2008? How did Satisfied by DecembeRadio (an August release) get passed over? What about Group 1 Crew's Ordinary Dreamers, Pillar's For The Love Of The Game and MercyMe's All That Is Within Me (not just a song from it)?

While my hat goes off to those who got the nods and the wins, I do think that the GRAMMY nominating comittee seriously dropped the ball on this one by leaving out some phenomenal music.

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