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GRAMMY-winning gospel singer and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient George Beverly Shea died April 16 following a brief illness. He was 104. Born in Winchester, Ontario, and raised in New York, Shea began his nearly 70-year-long career singing in the church choir and became a prominent figure in the Youth for Christ movement of the '40s and '50s. He toured with the Billy Graham Crusades and became best known for his rendition of the gospel standard "How Great Thou Art" and for composing "The Wonder Of It All." He earned 11 GRAMMY nominations throughout his career, including a win for Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording (Musical) in 1965 for Southland Favorites. Shea was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1978. He was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. "George Beverly Shea was one of the most beloved and revered gospel music singers and composers," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His impact on gospel music was immense, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of Christian artists."
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