47th Annual Grammy Award Nominations Announced

Fred Hammond and Ben Harper Top Gospel Nominations

The Recording Academy has announced nominations for the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards to be held in Los Angeles on 13 February 2005. Topping the gospel nominations are Fred Hammond plus Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama. Each earned two nominations in these categories. Harper also garnered a nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance for 11th Commandment.

BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE
- "The Stone" - Shirley Caesar & Ann Nesby
- "Heaven Help Us All" - Ray Charles & Gladys Knight
- "Lay My Burden Down" - Dr John & Mavis Staples
- "Celebrate (He Lives)" - Fred Hammond
- "There Will Be A Light" - Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama

BEST ROCK GOSPEL ALBUM
- "Take Me Away" - Sarah Kelly
- "Collide" - Skillet
- "Lose This Life" - Tait
- "Wire" - Third Day
- "Welcome To Diverse City" - TobyMac
- "Holy Hip Hop Taking The Gospel To The Streets" - Various Artists

BEST POP/CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM
- "The Creed" - Avalon
- "All Things New" - Steven Curtis Chapman
- "Who We Are Instead" - Jars Of Clay
- "Everyday People" - Nicole C. Mullen
- "Rising Son" - RainSong

BEST SOUTHERN, COUNTRY, OR BLUEGRASS GOSPEL ALBUM
- "Driven" - The Crabb Family
- 20th Century Gospel: From Hymns To Blackwood Brothers Tribute To Christian Country
- The Jordanaires, Art Greenhaw & The Light Crust Doughboys & Nokie Edwards
- "Universal United House Of Prayer" - Buddy Miller
- "Worship & Faith" - Randy Travis
- "Amazing Grace 3" - A Country Salute To Gospel - Various Artists

BEST TRADITIONAL SOUL GOSPEL ALBUM
- "The Live Experience" - The Rance Allen Group
- "There Will Be A Light" - Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama
- "The Water I Give" - Dottie Peoples
- "The Praise & Worship Songs" - Richard Smallwood
- "Still Here" - The Williams Brothers

BEST CONTEMPORARY SOUL GOSPEL ALBUM
- "Somethin' 'Bout Love" - Fred Hammond
- "Live From Another Level" - Israel And New Breed
- "He-Motions" - Bishop T. D. Jakes
- "Nothing Without You" - Smokie Norful
- "Out The Box" - Tonéx & The Peculiar People

BEST GOSPEL CHOIR OR CHORUS ALBUM
- "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus" - Minister Timothy Britten & Professor James Roberson, choir directors
- "Live In New York" - Rev. Timothy Wright, choir director; New York Fellowship Mass Choir II
- "Live...This is Your House" - Carol Cymbala, choir director; The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
- "Spirit and Truth" - Kevin Bond, choir director; Newbirth Total Praise Choir
- "Unplugged... The Way Church Used To Be" - Ricky Dillard, choir director; New Generation Chorale

For a complete list of nominations, visit www.grammy.com/awards/grammy/47noms.aspx .

The 47th Grammys Show will be held in the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcasted on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), marking the 32nd consecutive year the show will air on CBS. Last year's broadcast boasted an increased viewing audience totaling more than 25 million nationwide.

"Grammys Sunday is music's biggest night, attracting millions of viewers around the world" said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "We look forward to working with Mayor James Hahn and his staff here in Los Angeles, our great friends at Staples Center, and our terrific partners at CBS to make Feb. 13 the pinnacle of musical events marked by outstanding performances and a wealth of our trademark 'Grammys Moments.'"

"For more than 30 years CBS has been home to the Grammys Awards broadcast, and in that time it has become one of the most electrifying, exciting events in live television," said CBS Senior Vice President, Specials, Jack Sussman. "We are extremely proud to partner with the Recording Academy and to be back at Staples Center in Los Angeles to once again broadcast what is surely going to be a spectacular night of television, featuring today's top music stars performing today's biggest hits."

"Staples Center is once again proud to welcome the music industry and the Grammys Awards show, the world's premier music event, back to their home," said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO AEG and Staples Center. "We thank Neil Portnow and his colleagues at the Recording Academy for their partnership with Los Angeles and AEG, and appreciate their continued support of our schools, arts and community through their ongoing charitable activities."