2011 Gospel Grammy Winners

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    The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were televised on Sunday, February 13, 2011. The Gospel winners were announced during the pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles.

    Each year the Grammy Awards  shifts the live presentation portion of their categories. This year Gospel was one of the categories announced off camera. This year’s  winners were as follows:

    The complete list of winners in the Gospel category are as follows:

    Best Gospel Song-“It’s What I Do” by Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway)/The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III

    Best Gospel Performance-“Grace” by BeBe and CeCe Winans/Still

    Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album-Hello Huricane/Switchfoot

    Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album-Love God, Love People/Israel Houghton

    Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel-The Reason/Diamond Rio

    Contemporary R&B Gospel Album-Still/BeBe and CeCe Winans

    Traditional Gospel Album-Downtown Church/Patty Griffin

    This year’s  Grammy Awards was also unique in that a the Soweto Gospel Choir was included in nominations. The song they were nominated and won for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.

    This nomination is  special for gamers  as it was the first time music from a videogame had ever cracked the nod for such recognition. The song ‘Baba Yetu,’ composed by musician Christopher Tin, features the mighty vocal performances of South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir.

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