Grammys 2020: It’s all about ‘Jesus the King,’ says winner Kirk Franklin

Gospel singer Kirk Franklin gives an acceptance speech at the 2020 Grammy Awards show, Jan. 27, 2020.
Gospel singer Kirk Franklin gives an acceptance speech at the 2020 Grammy Awards show, Jan. 27, 2020. | Screenshot: Grammys

Kirk Franklin gave praise to “Jesus the King, because it is all about Him" after bagging the award for Best Gospel Performance for his song “Love Theory” at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.

"Gospel music has so many incredible talents and I'm so humbled to be in that category with some of the greatest to ever do it,” said the singer at the 2020 Grammy Awards. "I am such a fan of all these incredible men and women that I get to tell the world about Jesus the King because it is all about Him, amen?"

His fellow nominees were Gloria Gaynor featuring Yolanda Adams ("Talkin' About Jesus"), Travis Greene featuring Jekalyn Carr ("See The Light"), Koryn Hawthorne featuring Natalie Grant ("Speak The Name") and Tasha Cobbs Leonard ("This Is A Move (Live)”).

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Franklin also won the Grammy for Best Gospel Album for Long Live Love.

The nominees for Best Gospel Album included Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers for Goshen, Gene Moore for Tunnel Vision, William Murphy for Settle Here, and CeCe Winans for Something’s Happening! - A Christmas Album.

At the awards ceremony, Franklin sent his prayers to the family of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died along with his daughter and seven others on Sunday in a helicopter accident in California.

Christian pop duo For King & Country in collaboration with American singer and songwriter Dolly Parton won the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, for their song "God Only Knows."

Joel Smallbone of For King & Country accepts a Grammy at the 2020 awards show, Jan. 27, 2020.
Joel Smallbone of For King & Country accepts a Grammy at the 2020 awards show, Jan. 27, 2020. | Screenshot: Grammys

The duo of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone also won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for their project Burn the Ships.

"This award ultimately represents redemption for my family. Our story has been used for immense, immense good,” Smallbone said while accepting the awards, according to MusicRow.

“When we stepped in to write this song we were all waking though very hard moments,” he said, referring to “God Only Knows.” “When that happens, you tend to put it on paper. To have Dolly Parton, who is an incredible human being, it's one of the best honors of our career to have her be part of this. She said, ‘I’m going to take this song to Dollywood to Bollywood to Hollywood,’ and we did it, Dolly. We took it all the way.”

American singer Gloria Gaynor, best known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive," won the award for Best Roots/Gospel Album for Testimony.

“I want to first thank my Lord and Savior, Christ, Jesus, for the gifts, talents and abilities that I’ve been given with which to make the strides that I’ve made in my life and my career and to bring forth some music that tells of the mercy, the grace, the love, the faithfulness, the availability of God," Gaynor said while accepting the award.

“While sitting there, I was thinking to myself, we all think from time to time and say 'Oh, that dress is to die for. That song is to die for. This is to die for. Well, I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to know that He thought I was to die for. He thought you were to die for. Think about that.”

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