Grammy Christian artists need a voice

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Toby­Mac won a Gram­my Award on Sun­day for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. But wouldn’t it be nice to see him per­form at the Gram­mys?
Pho­to by Eliza Marie Somers

If you watched Sunday’s Gram­my Awards, no you didn’t miss the win­ners of the gospel music cat­e­gories. The awards were dished out before the prime-time TV show. But wouldn’t it be nice if the main­stream event invit­ed Toby­Mac or Kirk Franklin to per­form? I think it would open up some eyes to how Chris­tian music has evolved. I mean real­ly, how many per­for­mances by Justin Tim­ber­lake do we real­ly need? 

So in case you missed it here’s a quick run­down of the win­ners in the Chris­tian music gen­re.

Gospel artist Kirk Franklin won two Gram­my Awards, gar­ner­ing Best Gospel Song for “Help Me Believe” and Best Con­tem­po­rary R&B Gospel Album for “The Fight of My Life.”

The Blind Boys of Alaba­ma, who played the Goth­ic The­ater this past sum­mer, won Best Tra­di­tion­al Gospel Album for “Down in New Orleans.” 

Alive and Trans­port­ed” trans­port­ed rock/rap artist Toby­Mac to the top in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. CeCe Winans won Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for “Thy King­dom Come.” Best Gospel Per­for­mance went to Mary Mary for “Get Up.” The Gaither Vocal Band secured the Best South­ern, Coun­try or Blue­grass Album for its “Lov­in’ Life.”

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