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Congratulations to the gospel winners at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, announced this afternoon (February 12, 2017) in Los Angeles.
Best Gospel Performance/Song
“God Provides” – Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
Best Gospel Album
Losing My Religion – Kirk Franklin
Best Roots Gospel Album
Hymns – Joey + Roey
Congratulations also to eleven-time Grammy recipient Shirley Caesar, who receives one of this year’s seven Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards bestowed by the Academy. Of Pastor Shirley Caesar, The Recording Academy writes,
Caesar, 78, enjoyed a highly successful 2016 that, in addition to this year’s Grammy nominations for her Billboard chart-topping album Fill This House, included a number one spot on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart for “Hold My Mule” (as result of the viral Internet success of the “U Name It” Challenge featuring a portion of the sermonette), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.