Adams, Walker Lead Gospel Music Grammy Nominations

The nominees for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards were announced last week, with veterans Yolanda Adams and Hezekiah Walker leading the way with three nominations each in the gospel music field.

Adams and Walker, who’ve both won two Grammy’s during their careers, shared nominations in Best Gospel Performance (“Be Blessed,” Adams; “Lift Him Up,” Walker) and Best Gospel Song (“Be Blessed,” Adams; “Lift Him Up,” Walker) categories, with Adams garnering an additional nod in the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album category for her newest release Day By Day, and Walker receiving his third nomination for 20/85 The Experience in the category of Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album.

More leading artists this year included Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Mary Mary, and J Moss all with two a piece.

Other notable nominees included CCM veteran Michael W. Smith, who picked up his 11th Grammy nod for his most recent album release Healing Rain.

On receiving word of his nomination, Smith commented, “It sounds trite – but the first thing that always comes to mind is – ‘it’s a real honor’ to be nominated – and it is. I appreciate people thinking enough of this project to nominate it for the Grammy. In light of so much unrest around the world – I hope this project has brought some healing to people that so desperately need it.”

A full list of nominees can be found at grammy.com.

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. EST/PST.