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Third Day Leads 'Gospel' Artists with 3 Grammy Nods

Third Day Leads 'Gospel' Artists with 3 Grammy Nods

The nominees for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night and leading in the "Gospel" field this year is Christian rock band Third Day with three nods.

Out of the six categories within the "Gospel" field, Third Day was nominated in three – "Best Gospel Performance" for "Born Again," "Best Gospel Song" for "Born Again," and "Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album" for Live Revelations.

Other notable nominees this year include Smokie Norful, Kierra Sheard, Heather Headly, and Israel Houghton, each of whom has their hands on two Grammy-nominated projects.

"The nominations this year truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence in their respective fields," commented Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, the voting members of which determine the nominees.

"Once again, the Grammy Awards process has yielded a well-rounded and diverse group of impressive nominees across multiple genres," Portnow added in Wednesday's announcement. "Coupled with the second year of our primetime nominations special, which featured stellar performances by past Grammy winners and nominees, the road to Music's Biggest Night and the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in January is off to an exciting start."

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on "Grammy Sunday," Jan. 31, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live on CBS 8 - 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The following is the list of Grammy nominees in the "Gospel" field:

Field 11 - Gospel

Category 50

Best Gospel Performance
(For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.)

  • Free To Be Me
    Francesca Battistelli
    [Fervent Records/ Word Entertainment]
  • Jesus Is Love
    Heather Headley Featuring Smokie Norful
    Track from: Audience Of One
    [EMI Gospel]
  • I Believe
    Jonny Lang With Fisk Jubilee Singers
    Track from: Oh Happy Day
    [Vector Recordings/EMI Gospel]
  • Wait On The Lord
    Donnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark Sheard
    Track from: We All Are One (Live In Detroit)
  • Born Again
    Third Day
    Track from: Revelation
    [Essential Records]

Category 51

Best Gospel Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Born Again
    Tai Anderson, David Carr, Mark Lee & Mac Powell, songwriters (Third Day)
    Track from: Revelation
    [Essential Records; Publisher: Consuming Fire Music.]
  • City On Our Knees
    Cary Barlowe, Toby McKeehan & Jaime Moore, songwriters (TobyMac)
    [Forefront Records; Publishers: Achtober Songs, Emack Music, Jamnu Music, Castle Bound, Bummerman Music.]
  • Every Prayer
    Dayna Caddell, Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey & Ricardo Sanchez, songwriters (Israel Houghton & Mary Mary)
    Track from: The Power Of One
    [Integrity Music; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane Publishing, Aaron Lindsey Publishing, Integrity's Praise! Music, Sound of the New Breed, gnidybab music, Ricardo Music Dot Com.]
  • God In Me
    Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary Featuring Kierra "KiKi" Sheard)
    Track from: The Sound
    [Columbia Records; Publishers: EMI April Music, Wet Ink Red Music, That's Plum Song, It's Tea Tyme.]
  • The Motions
    Jason Houser, Sam Mizell & Matthew West, songwriters (Matthew West)
    Track from: Something To Say
    [Sparrow Records; Publishers: Word Music/Songs For Lulu/Simple Tense Songs/Wyzell Music/Songs of Extreme/Cedar Sides.]

Category 52

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • The Big Picture
    Da' T.R.U.T.H.
    [Cross Movement Records]
  • Crash
    Decyfer Down
    [INO Records]
  • Innocence & Instinct
    [Essential Records]
  • Live Revelations
    Third Day
    [Essential Records]
  • The Dash
    John Wells-The Tonic
    [Cross Movement Records]

Category 53

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Speaking Louder Than Before
    Jeremy Camp
    [BEC Recordings]
  • The Power Of One
    Israel Houghton
    [Integrity Music]
  • The Long Fall Back To Earth
    Jars Of Clay
    [Gray Matters/Essential Records]
  • Love Is On The Move
    [Essential Records]
  • Freedom
    [Sparrow Records]

Category 54

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Jason Crabb
    Jason Crabb
    [Spring Hill Music Group]
  • Dream On
    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
    [Gaither Music Group]
  • The Rock
    Tracy Lawrence
    [Rocky Comfort Records/Artist2Market Distribution]
  • In God's Time
    Barry Scott & Second Wind
    [Rebel Records]
  • Everyday
    Triumphant Quartet
    [Daywind Records]

Category 55

Best Traditional Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • God Don't Never Change
    Ashley Cleveland
    [E1 Music]
  • The Law Of Confession, Part I
    Donald Lawrence & Co.
    [Quiet Water/Verity]
  • Oh Happy Day
    (Various Artists)
    Bill Hearn, Ken Levitan, Ken Pennell, Jack Rovner & Cedric Thompson, producers
    [EMI Gospel/Vector Recordings]
  • The Journey Continues
    The Williams Brothers
    [Blackberry Records]
  • How I Got Over
    Vickie Winans
    [Destiny Joy Records]

Category 56

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Audience Of One
    Heather Headley
    [EMI Gospel]
  • Renewed
    Sheri Jones-Moffett
    [EMI Gospel]
  • Just James
    J Moss
    [GospoCentric/ Verity]
  • Smokie Norful: Live
    Smokie Norful
    [EMI Gospel]
  • Bold Right Life
    Kierra Sheard
    [EMI Gospel]


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