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Kirk Franklin Walks Away with Two Awards

Los Angeles, CA The Grammys got under way on Sunday, with the Recording Academy trying to focus on music’s biggest night after of the death of one of music’s biggest names — Whitney Houston.

Houston died on the eve of the Grammys at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy party. Her death cast a huge shadow over the event. As the pre-telecast awards ceremony began, co-host Dave Koz acknowledged the tragedy, noting the “great legacy of Miss Whitney Houston. She’s in our hearts and our minds.”

A tribute to Houston featuring Jennifer Hudson was to take place during the main ceremony later Sunday.

The ceremony also marks the first since a major overhaul of the categories last year, which led to them being trimmed from 109 to 78. The move upset some musicians, and a protest was planned outside of the Staples Center on Sunday.

 Awards handed out for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in the Gospel Categories are highlighted below with Kirk Franklin walking away with two!

Best Gospel/CCM Performance

“Do Everything”

Steven Curtis Chapman

Track from: Creation, [Sparrow Records]


“Alive (Mary Magdalene)”

Natalie Grant

Track from: Music Inspired By The Story, [WOW Joint Venture/EMI CMG]

“Your Love”

Brandon Heath

Track from: Leaving Eden, [Reunion Records]


Le’Andria Johnson

Track from: The Awakening Of Le’Andria Johnson, [Music World Gospel]

“I Lift My Hands”

Chris Tomlin

Track from: And If Our God Is For Us…, [Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]

Best Gospel Song

 “Hello Fear”

Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)

Track from: Hello Fear, [Verity Gospel Music Group/Fo Yo Soul Ent.; Publisher: Aunt Gertrude Music]

 “Sitting With Me”

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters (Mary Mary)

Track from: Something Big, [Columbia Records; Publishers: Precious Baby Music/T Bella Music/EMI April Music, It’s Tea Tyme, That’s Plum Song]


Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)

Track from: YRM (Your Righteous Mind), [Verity Gospel Music Group; Publisher: Quiet Water Entertainment]

“Trust Me”

Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)

Track from: Promises, [Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal-Z Tunes/T.Autumn Music]


Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)

Track from: Dominionaire, [Cajo Records; Publisher: CAJO Music]

Best Gospel Album

The Love Album

Kim Burrell

[Shanachie Entertainment]

The Journey

Andraé Crouch

[Riverphlo Entertainment]

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin, Verity Gospel Music Group/ Fo Yo Soul Ent.]

Something Big

Mary Mary, [Columbia Records]

 Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition

Trin-I-Tee 5:7, [Music World Gospel]

 Best CCM Song


Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)

Track from: Blessings, [Fair Trade Services; Publishers: New Spring/Gleaning Publishing]

“Hold Me”

Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)

[Gotee Records; Publishers: Universal Music, Brentwood Benson Tunes, Songs of Third Base/Chriscendo Music, Meaux Mercy/Achtober Songs]

“I Lift My Hands”

Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)

Track from: And If Our God Is For Us…

[Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords; Publishers: sixsteps Music/ Songs/Vamos Publishing/Thankyou Music/ Publishing]

“Strong Enough”

Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)

Track from: The Story Of Your Life

[Sparrow Records; Publishers: External Combustion Music/Songs For Delaney/Songs of Southside Independent Music]

“Your Love”

Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)

Track from: Leaving Eden

[Reunion Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Big Skwawka Music, Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Windsor Hill Music]

Best CCM Album

Ghosts Upon The Earth

Gungor, [Brash Music]

Leaving Eden

Brandon Heath, [Reunion Records]

The Great Awakening

Leeland, [Essential Records]

What If We Were Real

Mandisa, [Sparrow Records]

Black & White

Royal Tailor, [Essential Records]

And If Our God Is For Us…

Chris Tomlin, [Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]

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