• The 2011 Gospel Grammy Nominations and Picks

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    The Nominations for the 2011 Grammy awards are in. See if your favorite is on the list.

    This year’s mix of Gospel nominations is equal parts fun and equal parts traditional.

    Best Gospel Performance- For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.

    • “He Wants It All”- Forever Jones Track from: Get Ready [EMI Gospel]
    • “You Hold My World”-Israel Houghton Track from: Love God. Love People. [Integrity Music]
    • “Nobody Greater”- VaShawn Mitchell Track from: Triumphant [EMI Gospel]
    • “He’s Been Just That Good”- Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III [Rendezvous Music/ Mack Avenue Records]
    • “Grace”- BeBe & CeCe Winans Track from: Still [B&C/Malaco]

    My PICK: “Grace”- BeBe & CeCe Winans Track from: Still [B&C/Malaco] The duo has always delivered great music  and this oneis no different.

    Best Gospel Song- A Songwriter(s) Award.. Singles or Tracks only.

    • “Beautiful Things”-Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor, songwriters (Gungor)
    • “Better Than A Hallelujah”-Sarah Hart & Chapin Hartford, songwriters (Amy Grant) “Our God”Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
    • “Return To Sender” Gordon Kennedy, songwriter (Ricky Skaggs)

    My PICK: “Better Than A Hallelujah”-Sarah Hart . Sarah’s timely delivery of the lyrics and beautiful voice makes this a sure winner.

    Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album

    • “Church Music”- David Crowder Band   [Sparrow Records / Sixstepsrecords]
    • “For Those Who Wait” Fireflight [Flicker Records]
    • “Beautiful Things” Gungor [Brash Music]
    • “Rehab” Lecrae [Reach Records]
    • “Hello Hurricane” Switchfoot [Atlantic Recording Corp/ Credential Recordings]

    My PICK: “Rehab” Lecrae [Reach Records] Lecrae has had a stellar year on the charts. His delivery of The Message and Hip Hop  beats make this a sure winner  over favorites Switchfoot.

    Best Traditional Gospel Album

    • “The Experience”-Vanessa Bell Armstrong [EMI Gospel]
    • “A City Called Heaven”- Shirley Caesar [Light Records]
    • “Downtown Church” -Patty Griffin [Credential Recordings]
    • “Here I Am” -Marvin Sapp [Verity]
    • “All In One”- Karen Clark Sheard [KaRew Records/ EMI Gospel]

    My PICK : “A City Called Heaven”-Shirley Caesar [Light Records] Ms.Caesar, the favorite and veteran  is definitely the favorite here. The only close challenge may come from Marvin Sapp whose album was a chart topper and crowd favorite.

    Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

    • “Get Ready”-Forever Jones [EMI Gospel]
    • “Love Unstoppable” Fred Hammond [Verity]
    • “Triumphant” VaShawn Mitchell [EMI Gospel]
    • “Aaron Sledge”- Aaron Sledge [EMI Gospel]
    • “Still” BeBe & CeCe Winans [B&C/Malaco]

    My Pick: Still” BeBe & CeCe Winans [B&C/Malaco] This defintely was the 2010 was the year of  The Winans. I  definitely believe it will continue with a Grammy win.

    Are any of your favorites on this list? Be sure to tune in February 13, 2011 on CBS.

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