Franklin, Mann win at 2017 Grammys; Caesar receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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, 

A deeply spiritual and affecting gospel singer, Shirley Caesar’s emotive vocal talents were discovered in a church choir when she was 10 years old. She is arguably best known for her eight-year tenure with the Chicago-based gospel group the Caravans, whom she joined after appealing to Albertina Walker to sing a solo with the group. Electing to pursue a solo career in 1966 alongside her own choir, the Caesar Singers, she subsequently carved out a profile that earned her the title of First Lady of Gospel Music. Caesar’s roll call of achievements includes 11 GRAMMY Awards®, 14 Stellar awards, 15 Dove awards, a NAACP Image Award, a Soul Train Music Award, and two current 59th GRAMMY nominations.

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.

Tamela Mann makes history

Congratulations to Tamela Mann on an unprecedented achievement in gospel music.  Read about it here:

Preview of “Hanging with the Manns” Reality Show

Can’t get enough of David and Tamela Mann?  They’re coming again really soon (hopefully) to a TV near you.

Hanging with the Manns, the couple’s new reality series, does not yet have a network home, but in the meantime you can catch the first episode, which is filled with plenty of adventure and laughs.

Cobbs, Mann win at 44th Dove Awards

Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann are trophy heavy from this year’s Dove Awards.

During last night’s event, held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Cobbs earned awards for the categories of Gospel Performance and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song (both for “Break Every Chain”), as well as for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album (Grace).  Mann received two awards for Traditional Gospel Album (Best Days) and Traditional Gospel Song (“Take Me to the King,” written by Kirk Franklin).

Lecrae also walked with the Rap/Hip Hop Album award for Gravity.

You can view the complete list of winners here.

The 44th Dove Awards will air October 21, at 8 PM EST exclusively on the UP television network.

Tamela Mann joins Salvation & Deliverance Church Choir for Christmas musical

Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir–named “America’s Best Church Choir” as the grand prize winners in Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” national choir competition in October–will celebrate its win and the holiday season with a rousing Christmas production entitled, How Sweet the Tidings.

The dynamic award-winning choir from Tarboro, NC, will be joined by special music guest, powerhouse Tamela Mann, star of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and formerly of Kirk Franklin and the Family.

The celebration is this Friday, December 9, at 7 PM.

To read more about the event, you can visit

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