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Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song

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.

Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental Gospel performances and songwriting
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2015

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."[1]

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.



Year[I] Title Artist(s) Songwriter(s) Other nominees
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
2017 "God Provides" Tamela Mann Kirk Franklin
  • Stanley Brown & Courtney Rumble for It's Alright, It's OK, performed by Shirley Caesar ft. Anthony Hamilton
  • Allundria Carr for You're Bigger (Live), performed by Jekalyn Carr
  • Travis Greene for Made a Way (Live), performed by Travis Greene
  • Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher & Hezekiah Walker for Better, performed by Hezekiah Walker
2018 "Never Have To Be Alone" CeCe Winans Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III
2019 Never Alone Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin Kirk Franklin & Victoria Kelly
  • Jekalyn Carr & Allen Carr for You Will Win, performed by Jekalyn Carr
  • Won't He Do It, performed by Koryn Hawthorne (For reasons as yet unknown, no nomination was given to the authors Loren Hill, Makeba Riddick and Richard Shelton)
  • Jonathan McReynolds for Cycles, performed by Jonathan McReynolds ft. DOE
  • Aaron W. Lindsey, Alvin Richardson & Brian Courtney Wilson for A Great Work, performed by Brian Courteney Wilson

See alsoEdit


  1. ^, 12 June 2014
  2. ^ List of Nominees 2015
  3. ^ "Grammy Awards 2016: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  4. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  5. ^, 28 November 2017
  6. ^, 7 December 2018

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