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2012 GRAMMY Awards

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The GRAMMY Awards were handed out on February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Parts of the show will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 P.M ET/PT.

On November 30, 2011, the nominees for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards (54th annual) were announced during the CBS' The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night. As usual, the nominations left me scratching my head. The Grammy nominating committee picked some great music, but they left out some real winners in my personal opinion. The eligibility period for the 2012 Grammy Awards was September 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. Switchfoot's Vice Verses came out on September 27, 2011 - yet it wasn't nominated. Same story with Icon For Hire's Scripted. Christian rock nominations were nowhere to be found. For that matter, Shawn McDonald's Closer didn't make the cut either and while it wasn't rock, it was an excellent project. Speaking of excellent Christian pop music, did the committee not hear Francesca Battistelli's Hundred More Years? Did no one share Third Day's totally rockin' Move?

I understand that they only have so many nomination slots. I realize that it must be hard to be so limited, but come on! They had to know when they restructured the awards that they would cut out a lot of really outstanding music.

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Le'andria Johnson - The Awakening Of Le'andria Johnson
Music World Gospel

 

Best Gospel Song

Kirk Franklin - Hello Fear
Fo Yo Soul/Gospo Centric
  • WINNER - "Hello Fear" - Kirk Franklin, songwriter
    Performed by Kirk Franklin - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: Hello Fear

  • "Sitting With Me" - Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters
    Performed by Mary Mary - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: Something Big

  • "Spiritual" - Donald Lawrence, songwriter
    Performed by Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: YRM (Your Righteous Mind)

  • "Trust Me" - Richard Smallwood, songwriter
    Performed by Richard Smallwood & Vision - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: Promises

  • "Window" - Canton Jones, songwriter
    Performed by Canton Jones - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: Dominionaire

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Laura Story - Blessings
Provident
  • WINNER - "Blessings" - Laura Story, songwriter
    Performed by Laura Story - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: Blessings

  • "Hold Me" - Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters
    Performed by Jamie Grace f/ tobyMac - (Purchase/Download)

  • "I Lift My Hands" - Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters
    Performed by Chris Tomlin - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: And If Our God Is For Us...

  • "Strong Enough" - Matthew West, songwriter
    Performed by Matthew West - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: The Story Of Your Life

  • "Your Love" - Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters
    Performed by Brandon Heath - (Purchase/Download)
    Track from: Leaving Eden

Best Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin - Hello Fear
Fo Yo Soul/Gospo Centric

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Chris Tomlin - And If Our God Is For Us
EMI
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