Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
|Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance|
|Awarded for||quality vocal or instrumental gospel and CCM recordings|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide it is designed for solo, duo/groups or collaborative (vocal or instrumental) gospel or Contemporary Christian music (CCM) and its subgenres' recordings and is limited to singles or tracks only.
This award was first handed out in 1968 under the name of Best Gospel Performance and was intended for albums only.
In 1971 the award was renamed to Best Gospel Performance (other than soul gospel), including both singles and albums, and ran until 1978 when the award was divided into two new awards, the Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Performance, Traditional and Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary.
The category was then revived in 2005 and it was known once again under the name of Best Gospel Performance. In 2012, following a major overhaul of the Grammy categories, this award was renamed as Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance which was eligible for all subgenres in the gospel/Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) field.
From 2015, due to a restructuring of the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music category field, this category will merge with the Best Contemporary Christian Music Song to create the new Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category, which will recognize both performers and songwriters of Contemporary Christian Music songs (Gospel performances will now fall under the Best Gospel Performance/Song category). According to the Grammy committee, "changes to the field were made in the interest of clarifying the criteria, representing the current culture and creative DNA of the gospel and Contemporary Christian Music communities, and better reflecting the diversity and authenticity of today's gospel music industry".
The Blackwood Brothers hold the record for most awards in this category with four wins, two of them alongside Porter Wagoner. They also hold the record for most nominations, with seven. Two-time winners include Porter Wagoner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Karen Clark Sheard and CeCe Winans.
|Year||Winning artist||Work||Other nominees||Ref.|
|1968||Porter Wagoner & The Blackwood Brothers Quartet||More Grand Old Gospel|
|1969||Happy Goodman Family||The Happy Gospel of the Happy Goodmans||N/A|
|1970||Porter Wagoner & The Blackwood Brothers Quartet||In Gospel Country|
|1971||Oak Ridge Boys||Talk About the Good Times|
|1972||Charley Pride||Let Me Live Lyrics|
|1974||Blackwood Brothers||Release Me (from My Sin)|
|1976||The Imperials||No Shortage|
|1977||Oak Ridge Boys||Where the Soul Never Dies|
|2005||Ray Charles & Gladys Knight||"Heaven Help Us All"|
| The Clark Sisters
Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige
| "Blessed & Highly Favored"
"Never Gonna Break My Faith"
|2009||Mary Mary||"Get Up"|
|2010||Donnie McClurkin featuring Karen Clark Sheard||"Wait On The Lord"|
|2011||BeBe and CeCe Winans||"Grace"|
|2013||Matt Redman||"10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"|
|2014||Tasha Cobbs||Break Every Chain (Live)|
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