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The 2023 Grammy Awards - Christian Winners
The 2023 Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, February 5, in Los Angeles. Maverick City Music took home four Grammy awards at the 65th annual show tying with Beyoncé for the most awards for the night. The group won nearly every Christian music category: Best Gospel Performance/Song (“Kingdom” feat. Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore), Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance (“Fear is Not My Future” feat. Brandon Lake & Chandler Moore), Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (“Breathe”) and Best Gospel Album (“Kingdom Book One” Deluxe).
Chandler Moore said, after the group won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
We did this album in the middle of the pandemic when it was so hard for many people to breathe and just catch a breath.
"God gave us a song and an album just encouraging people as deep as a breath as you need to take, take that breath because God gave you a breath, and God gave us a breath for one reason, to praise the Lord. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."
After accepting the award for Best Gospel Album, Naomi Raine said,
I’m super grateful to God and what He’s able to do when you just decide to give your life to serve other people and to uplift voices that are not normally heard. This album for us was one where we were able to go into Everglades Correctional Facility and minister to incarcerated people and let them know that God still loves them and still sees them no matter what. And so, we're just honored that it's making an impact. Thank you so much Thank You, Jesus.
Kirk Franklin thanked everyone in the category, saying that the album’s success is evidence that gospel music is still “alive and well,” adding: “This is the future.”
Just last year, the Atlanta-based gospel music collective broke a record, becoming the first Gospel/Christian act to perform at the Grammys in 20 years as well as won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! See full details below:
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Positive - Erica Campbell; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, & Juan Winans, songwriters
When I Pray - Doe; Dominique Jones & Dewitt Jones, songwriters
WINNER: Kingdom - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Jay, Chandler Moore, & Jacob Poole, songwriters
The Better Benediction - PJ Morton featuring Zacardi Cortez, Gene Moore, Samoht, Tim Rogers, & Darrel Walls; PJ Morton, songwriter
Get Up - Tye Tribbett; Brandon Jones, Christopher Michael Stevens, Thaddaeus Tribbett, & Tye Tribbett, songwriters
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
God Really Loves Us (Radio Version) - Crowder feat. Dante Bowe and Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, David Crowder, Ben Glover, & Jeff Sojka, songwriter
So Good - Doe; Chuck Butler, Dominique Jones, & Ethan Hulse, songwriters
For God Is With Us - For King & Country & Hillary Scott; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, & Luke Smallbone, songwriters
WINNER: Fear Is Not My Future - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Brandon Lake, & Hannah Shackelford, songwriters
Holy Forever - Chris Tomlin; Jason Ingram, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Chris Tomlin, & Phil Wickham, songwriters
Hymn of Heaven (Radio Version) - Phil Wickham; Chris Davenport, Bill Johnson, Brian Johnson, & Phil Wickham, songwriters
Best Gospel Album
Die to Live - Maranda Curtis
Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live) - Ricky Dillard
Clarity - Doe
WINNER: One Deluxe - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
All Things New - Tye Tribbett
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Lion - Elevation Worship
WINNER: Breathe - Maverick City Music
Life After Death - TobyMac
Always - Chris Tomlin
My Jesus - Anne Wilson
Best Roots Gospel Album
Let's Just Praise the Lord - Gaither Vocal Band
Confessio - Irish American Roots - Keith & Kristyn Getty
The Willie Nelson Family - Willie Nelson
2:22 - Karen Peck & New River
WINNER: The Urban Hymnal - Tennessee State University Marching Band