Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song
|Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song|
|Awarded for||quality vocal or instrumental Gospel performances and songwriting|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song is a new category at the 2015 ceremony of the annual Grammy Awards. It combines two previously separate categories in the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music field, Best Gospel Song (for songwriters) and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance (for performers). The new category will recognize both songwriters and performers (solo/duos/groups/collaborations/etc.) and is open for singles or tracks only. Songwriters are only awarded a Grammy Award if it is a newly-written song. Grammy's for cover versions of previously recorded songs are awarded to the performer(s) only.
These changes were made in June 2014 by NARAS "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."
Along with its sister category Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, both are the only Grammy categories that award both performers and songwriters.
According to the Grammy committee, the move recognizes "the critical contribution of both songwriters and performers by combining songwriters and artists into the Best Gospel Performance/Song and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song categories."
Contemporary Christian Music performances, which were previously recognized in the Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance category, will now fall under the newly created Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category only.
Songwriter(s) mentioned first, followed by title and performing artist(s)
|2015||"No Greater Love"||Smokie Norful||Aaron W. Lindsey & Smokie Norful||
|2016||"Wanna Be Happy?"||Kirk Franklin||Kirk Franklin||