A Glorious Night For Gospel
The 55th GRAMMY Awards took place in spectacular fashion on Feb. 10 as stars from all over the world gathered for Music's Biggest Night at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The telecast drew the second-largest GRAMMY audience since 1993 with 28.37 million viewers and, on the heels of Super Bowl XLVI, set a new social TV record for an awards show with more than 18.7 million social media comments.
It was a night full of surprises as The Recording Academy once again paired artists from across generations to perform both tributes and mashups. From Bruno Mars and Sting, Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John, to the GRAMMY debut of Frank Ocean and the return of Justin Timberlake, there was plenty of star power and diversity.
GRAMMY Sunday proved eventful in the Gospel Field, in which the victories were spread somewhat evenly across the board. The statue for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance went to Matt Redman for "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)." Two-time GRAMMY winners Mary Mary took home another win with Warryn Campbell in the Best Gospel Song category for their hit "Go Get It," while Best Gospel Album went to Lecrae for Gravity.
The surprise of the night was a rare GRAMMY tie for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Redman won his second statue of the evening along with songwriting partner Jonas Myrin for "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)," and Israel Houghton and Micah Massey won for the praiseworthy "Your Presence Is Heaven."
Rounding out the gospel winners' circle was Best Contemporary Christian Music Album winner TobyMac for Eye On It.
Overall, it was a glorious night for gospel, and with newcomers such as Tamela Mann and veterans such as Fred Hammond poised have projects in the running, next year's field should be just as packed with talent and tough choices for voters.