Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song

Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song
Awarded for quality gospel songs
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2006
Last awarded 2014
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The Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality songs in the gospel music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

The award, reserved for songwriters, was first presented to James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James Q. Wright, and Yolanda Adams at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2006, for the song "Be Blessed" performed by Yolanda Adams. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the song "must contain melody and lyrics and must be either a new song or a song first achieving prominence during the eligibility year. Songs containing prominent samples or interpolations are not eligible."[3]

From 2012, the category was split into the Best Gospel Song and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song categories; the latter was a newly formed category as part of a major overhaul of Grammy categories, to make a clear distinction between traditional, "old-style" gospel songs and contemporary gospel songs.

Further changes in the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music genre field will lead to a merger between this category and the Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance in 2015 into the new Best Gospel Performance/Song category, which will recognize Gospel performances and songwriting. 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".[4]


Year[I] Winning songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[II] Other nominees[III] Ref.
2006 Adams, YolandaYolanda Adams
James Harris III
Terry Lewis
James Q. Wright
"Be Blessed" Adams, YolandaYolanda Adams [5]
2007 Franklin, KirkKirk Franklin "Imagine Me" Franklin, KirkKirk Franklin [6]
2008 Clark-Sheard, KarenKaren Clark-Sheard "Blessed & Highly Favored" The Clark Sisters
  • Mark Hall & Bernie Herms – "East To West" (Casting Crowns)
  • Donald Lawrence – "Encourage Yourself" (Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers)
  • Cary Barlowe, Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Aaron Rice – "Made To Love" (TobyMac)
  • James L. Moss – "Praise On The Inside" (J. Moss)
2009 Franklin, KirkKirk Franklin "Help Me Believe" Franklin, KirkKirk Franklin
  • James L. Moss – "Cover Me" (21:03 With Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful and J. Moss)
  • Erica Campbell, Joi Campbell, Trecina Campbell & Warryn Campbell – "Get Up" (Mary Mary)
  • Brandon Heath – "Give Me Your Eyes" (Brandon Heath)
  • Steven Curtis Chapman & MercyMe – "You Reign" (MercyMe)
2010 Campbell, EricaErica Campbell
Tina Campbell
Warryn Campbell
"God In Me" Mary Mary featuring Kierra "Kiki" Sheard [9]
2011 Peters, JerryJerry Peters
Kirk Whalum
"It's What I Do" Whalum, KirkKirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway
  • Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor – "Beautiful Things" (Gungor)
  • Sarah Hart & Chapin Hartford – "Better Than Hallelujah" (Amy Grant)
  • Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves & Chris Tomlin – "Our God" (Chris Tomlin)
  • Gordon Kennedy – "Return to Sender" (Ricky Skaggs)
2012 Franklin, KirkKirk Franklin "Hello Fear" Kirk Franklin [11]
2013 Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell "Go Get It" Mary Mary
  • Cheryl Fortune, James Fortune & Terence Vaughn – "Hold On" (James Fortune & FIYA Featuring Monica & Fred Hammond)
  • Phillip Feaster, Fred Hammond, Jonathan Miller & Calvin Rodgers – "I Feel Good" (Fred Hammond)
  • Aaron Lindsey & Marvin Sapp – "My Testimony" (Marvin Sapp)
  • Donald Lawrence – "Released" (Bill Winston & Living Word Featuring Donald Lawrence)
2014 Tye Tribbett "If He Did It Before...Same God" (Live) Tye Tribbett [13]

See also


  1. "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  3. "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 3. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  4., 12 June 2014
  5. "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 8, 2005. p. 3. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  6. "The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards Roundup: Gospel Field". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  7. "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV. February 10, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  8. "Complete List of Nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards". E! Online. December 8, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  9. "52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Gospel Field". The Recording Academy. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  10. "53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Gospel Field". The Recording Academy. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  11. "54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Gospel Field". The Recording Academy. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  12. "2013 Grammy Nominations Revealed *Updated*". ThatGrapeJuice. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  13. 2014 Nominations

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