Award season for those involved in the entertainment industry comes with a mix of feelings; anxiety, hope, and tension. These all mount around the time nominations are announced for the biggest night in music, the Grammys. On November 28th, artists and music enthusiasts readied themselves to read the entire list of nominations for 84 categories for the 2018 60thGrammy Awards. This year served as the first time in Grammy history where all votes from over 13,000 Voting Members of were cast online. The Grammy telecast obviously does not include all 84 categories but they do however include the big four; Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and the memorable performances from nominees and industry icons. Each year the decision on which categories are televised changes, often times, to offer a diverse showing of winners, nominees, and musical genres. For those in the Gospel/Christian music field, there are 5 categories for our genre and we are excited to see what will be televised and those that will be given at the Grammy Ceremony, where the untelevised categories and winners are announced.
JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn are nominated for Best Gospel Performance/Song for the Praise & Worship anthem, “You Deserve It”. A successful hit on the charts sitting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Sales Charts, Hot Gospel Songs Chart, Gospel Airplay Chart, and Gospel Indicator Chart; all while being a staple in the Sunday Morning Worship Set. This is Hairston’s first Grammy Nomination and he states that it “is truly an honor.” This is the first radio single from Hairston’s latest Album “You Deserve It” which is also the first record released on Hairston’s very own, newly formed, label, JamesTown Music.
The Walls Group, who started out as The Walls Kids, with viral videos of them singing in their parent’s car to leading the Billboard Charts with their hot new single “My Life”, released this past summer as the first single from their latest album “The Other Side”. The 2 time Stellar Award winning Walls Group are undeniably the hottest Gospel group right now and it is exciting to see them fully embrace their artistry. The Walls Group returns to the Grammy’s with their 2nd career nomination, this year for Best Gospel Performance/ Song for the single “My Life”.
Tauren Wells, former lead of the American Pop Rock Christian band Royal Tailor, returns to the Grammy’s with his 4th Grammy nomination, but his first nomination as a solo artist. Wells, began his solo career in 2015 when the group disbanded and June of 2017 Wells released his first solo LP “Hills and Valleys.” The success of Wells’ LP has garnered two Grammy nods for the 2018 60th Grammy Awards; Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song and Best Contemporary Christian Album.
Australian based Praise & Worship group, Hillsong Worship, has been blessing the Christian worship community for over 30 years with amazing music and lyrics and have seen over 12 of their albums chart on Billboard. This year’s Grammy nominations gives Hillsong Worship another reason to celebrate. Their worship hit, “What A Beautiful Name” is their first Grammy nominated work; Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song
For the 2018 60th Grammy awards every Kingdom artist is applauded for their nominations and success in music, regardless of the winner, each nominee is serving as a vessel to share the message of Christ to the world and that is enough to celebrate.
Best Gospel Performance/Song:
“Too Hard Not To” — Tina Campbell
“You Deserve It” — JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn
“Better Days” — Le’Andria
“My Life” — The Walls Group
“Never Have To Be Alone” — CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:
“Oh My Soul” — Casting Crowns
“Clean” — Natalie Grant
“What A Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship
“Even If” — MercyMe
“Hills And Valleys” — Tauren Wells
Best Gospel Album:
Crossover: Live From Music City — Travis Greene
Bigger Than Me — Le’Andria
Close — Marvin Sapp
Sunday Song — Anita Wilson
Let Them Fall In Love — CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Rise — Danny Gokey
Echoes (Deluxe Edition) — Matt Maher
Lifer — MercyMe
Hills And Valleys — Tauren Wells
Chain Breaker — Zach Williams
Best Roots Gospel Album:
The Best Of The Collingsworth Family – Volume 1 — The Collingsworth Family
Give Me Jesus — Larry Cordle
Resurrection — Joseph Habedank
Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope — Reba McEntire
Hope For All Nations — Karen Peck & New River