Gospel and Christian Grammy Nominees: Shirley Caesar, Natalie Grant each score two nods (see full list)

The nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today, Tuesday, December 6, on “CBS This Morning.” Shirley Caesar scored two nominations on the heels of becoming a cultural icon with “greens, beans, potatoes, tomatoes” from “Hold My Mule” which hit #1 last month. The Gospel legend received a nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song  for “It’s Alright, It’s Ok,” featuring Anthony Hamilton and Best Gospel Album for Fill This House.

Natalie Grant captured tow nominations as well. “King Of The World” was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song and Be One was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Crossing genres, The Blind Boys of Alabama scored a nomination in the Best American Roots Performance category for “Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time.” Lauren Diagle is still getting mileage out of her much-heralded album Trust Me with a nod  for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Trust In You.”

Here’s the full list of Gospel and Christian Grammy nominees:

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • It’s Alright, It’s Ok- Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton; Stanley Brown & Courtney Rumble, songwriters
  • You’re Bigger [Live]-Jekalyn Carr; Allundria Carr, songwriter
  • Made A Way [Live]-Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter
  • God Provides-Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
  • Better-Hezekiah Walker; Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • Trust In You-Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren & Paul Mabury, songwriters
  • Priceless-For King & Country; Benjamin Backus, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
  • King Of The World-Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant, Becca Mizell & Samuel Mizell, songwriters
  • Thy Will-Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters
  • Chain Breaker-Zach Williams; Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

  • Listen-Tim Bowman Jr.
  • Fill This House-Shirley Caesar
  • A Worshipper’s Heart [Live]-Todd Dulaney
  • Losing My Religion-Kirk Franklin
  • Demonstrate [Live]-William Murphy

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • Poets & Saints-All Sons & Daughters
  • American Prodigal-Crowder
  • Be One-Natalie Grant
  • Youth Revival [Live]-Hillsong Young & Free
  • Love Remains-Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • Better Together-Gaither Vocal Band
  • Nature’s Symphony In 432-The Isaacs
  • Label: House Of Isaacs
  • Hymns-Joey+Rory
  • Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration-Gordon Mote
  • God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson-(Various Artists); Jeffrey Gaskill, producer

Best American Roots Performance

  • Ain’t No Man-The Avett Brothers
  • Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time-Blind Boys Of Alabama
  • Factory Girl-Rhiannon Giddens
  • House Of Mercy-Sarah Jarosz
  • Wreck You-Lori McKenna

For the complete list of Grammy nominees, visit   The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, February 12 on CBS.

Sarah Hearn
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