The 57th annual Grammys were last night and through Lecrae and Mali Music they symbolised how much Christian music is breaking through!
For Lecrae, this year’s 3 Grammy nominations mean that he has had 5 nominations over the last few years which is incredible in itself. But for an explicitly Christian MC to go up against the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Drake and Childish Gambino in ‘Best Rap Performance’ is unheard of. As a result he is the first artist ever to have nominations across the categories CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) Gospel and Rap. Mali Music is also against some huge hitters in the mainstream as he is nominated for best Urban Contemporary Album (Beyonce, Chris Brown, Pharrell Williams & Jhené Aiko) as well as Best Gospel Performance/ Song.
The nominations show a huge breakthrough alone, but if Lecrae or Mali Music win either of the mainstream categories it will be an incredible testament!
According to Phil Gallo of billboard.com ‘For a show that mixes genres, artists from different fields and mash-ups rooted in history, this edition was a study in the influence of gospel music on all strains of pop music.
He explained ‘A key component on song and record of the year “Stay With Me,” it was no surprise that a full choir joined Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige for the performance. But that influence and the presence of choirs were turning pop, rock and dance songs into spirituals. Madonna incorporated a gospel choir in an acappella section of “Living for Love” and Hozier’s marriage of gospel and folk-rock on “Take Me to Church” took on a righteous glow when Annie Lennox joined for a chorus. Pharrell Williams’ sprawling and disconnected “Happy” and Katy Perry’s “By the Grace of God” had their own churchly feels, one filled with exaltation, the other solemn.
Phil went on to add, ‘If that were not enough, the final eight minutes of the show were straight out of the church, Beyonce soaring through the pain of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and Common, John Legend and an all-male choir emphasizing the nobility of “Glory.”‘
Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammys, taking home four awards for best new artist, best pop vocal album, record of the year and song of the year.
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG
No Greater Love
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG
Lecrae feat. For King & Country
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM
Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.
For King & Country
BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM
Shine For All The People
Beyonce didn’t win album of the year, but she easily won the 2015 Grammys for her performance of the Thomas A. Dorsey gospel classic “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” Check it out below.
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