Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Nominees For The 2023 GRAMMY Awards Announced

Nov 15 2022

The 2023 GRAMMY nominations have been announced tonight, November 15th. The 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, will air live on Sunday, Feb. 5, from Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena.

In the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music categories there are multiple nominations for artists including Maverick City Music, Chris Tomlin & Phil Wickham. There was also a first Grammy nomination for upcoming artist Anne Wilson.

Elevation Worship has received a GRAMMY nomination for their album, LION, for the "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album" category, which they won last year for their live collaboration album, Old Church Basement, with Maverick City Music.

Seven-time GRAMMY Award winner TOBYMAC's seventh studio recording, LIFE AFTER DEATH has also been nominated as Best Contemporary Christian Album for the 2023 GRAMMY Awards, marking his 17th nomination.

"The GRAMMY award is one of the most recognized awards around the world - from every city to small villages," said TobyMac. "To think that a record made out of my grief, my journey from devastating loss, to leaning into the promise that God would never leave me, is striking beyond words. It is an honor that moves my heart to its core for the purest of reasons."

Gaither Vocal Band has earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album for Let’s Just Praise the Lord (Gaither Music Group), produced by Bill Gaither and Gordon Mote. Bill and Gloria Gaither and GVB have collectively received eight GRAMMY Awards and more than two dozen nominations, including this second consecutive Best Roots Gospel Album nomination, following last year’s That’s Gospel, Brother project nod.

“I am so proud of the young men in the Vocal Band,” stated three-time Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame member and group founder Bill Gaither. “It's always an honor to be nominated, especially with the caliber of folks in our category this year. I have the utmost respect for all of the nominees and wish them all the best!”

Renowned singer, songwriter and worship leader Phil Wickham received his first GRAMMY nominations when it was announced that his top-selling single "Hymn of Heaven" was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Additionally, Wickham is nominated in the same category as a co-writer for Chris Tomlin's track “Holy Forever,” along with Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Brian Johnson and Jenn Johnson.

"This is my first GRAMMY nomination ever, and I am floored and shaken," shares Wickham. "God’s grace is just too much. Thanks to the Recording Academy for this nomination, and a HUGE shout out and thanks to the co-writers of this song Chris Davenport, Bill Johnson and Brian Johnson. Also a huge thanks to the producer of this song and my good friend Jonathan Smith. Lastly, thanks to everyone who has listened and worshiped along with us as we’ve sung about our great hope in Jesus."

Full list of Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music nominations:

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Positive
Erica Campbell; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell & Juan Winans, songwriters

When I Pray
DOE; Dominique Jones & Dewitt Jones, songwriters

Kingdom
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Jay, Chandler Moore & Jacob Poole, songwriters

The Better Benediction
PJ Morton Featuring Zacardi Cortez, Gene Moore, Samoht, Tim Rogers & Darrel Walls; PJ Morton, songwriter

Get Up
Tye Tribbett; Brandon Jones, Christopher Michael Stevens, Thaddaeus Tribbett & Tye Tribbett, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

God Really Loves Us (Radio Version)
Crowder Featuring Dante Bowe and Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, David Crowder, Ben Glover & Jeff Sojka, songwriters

So Good
DOE; Chuck Butler, Dominique Jones & Ethan Hulse, songwriters

For God Is With Us
for KING & COUNTRY & Hillary Scott; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters

Fear Is Not My Future
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Brandon Lake & Hannah Shackelford, songwriters

Holy Forever
Chris Tomlin; Jason Ingram, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Chris Tomlin & Phil Wickham, songwriters

Hymn Of Heaven (Radio Version)
Phil Wickham; Chris Davenport, Bill Johnson, Brian Johnson & Phil Wickham, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

Die To Live
Maranda Curtis

Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live)
Ricky Dillard

Clarity
DOE

One Deluxe
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin

All Things New
Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Lion
Elevation Worship

Breathe
Maverick City Music

Life After Death
TobyMac

Always
Chris Tomlin

My Jesus
Anne Wilson

Best Roots Gospel Album

Let's Just Praise The Lord
Gaither Vocal Band

Confessio - Irish American Roots
Keith & Kristyn Getty

The Willie Nelson Family
Willie Nelson

2:22
Karen Peck & New River

The Urban Hymnal
Tennessee State University Marching Band

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