[REVIEW] 2014 Grammy Predictions x Gospel/Contemporary Christian

grammys_gospelThe 2014 gospel Grammy nominees is the first in several years that doesn’t include any Christian hip-hop artists like Lecrae (see 2013 list), but that doesn’t mean there’s no talent. There’s an influx of reality show stars in this year’s categories sprinkled amongst a few contemporary Christian legends.

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance (Category 36)
Tasha Cobbs – “Break Every Chain (Live)”
Natalie Grant – “Hurricane”
Matt Maher – “Lord, I Need You”
Mandisa – “Overcomer”
Tye Tribbett – “If He Did It Before… Same God (Live)”

Who Should Win: Mandisa’s “Overcomer”

Who Will Win: Tye Tribbett’s “If He Did It Before… Same God (Live)”

Tye Tribbett’s live version of his ‘Greater Than’ album spawned numerous hit singles on Billboard Gospel charts, making “If He Did It Before… Same God” a clean sweep.

Best Gospel Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 37)
Deitrick Haddon – “Have Your Way”
Songwriters: Calvin Frazier and Deitrick Haddon
Tye Tribbett – “If He Did It Before… Same God (Live)”
Songwriters: Tye Tribbett
Charlie Wilson – “If I Believe”
Songwriters: Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson, and Mahin Wilson
Erica Campbell – “A Little More Jesus”
Songwriters: Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell
Percy Bady (feat. Lowell Pye) – “Still”
Songwriters: Percy Bady

Who Should Win: Charlie Wilson’s “If I Believe”

Who Will Win: Erica Campbell’s “A Little More Jesus”

The power behind Erica Campbell’s message on “A Little More Jesus” paired with her delivery is simply stunning, and deserves to be rightfully awarded.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 38)
Natalie Grant – “Hurricane”
Songwriters: Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant, and Cindy Morgan
Steven Curtis Chapman – “Love Take Me Over”
Songwriters: Steven Curtis Chapman
Mandisa – “Overcomer”
Songwriters: David Garcia, Ben Glover, and Christopher Stevens
Tobymac – “Speak Life”
Songwriters: Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore, and Ryan Stevenson
Chris Tomlin – “Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)”
Songwriters: Ed Cash, Scott Cash, and Chris Tomlin

Who Should Win: Mandisa’s “Overcomer”

Who Will Win: Tobymac’s “Speak Life”

Despite Mandisa’s effortless delivery, “Speak Life” by Tobymac is surely one of the best songs in the Christian rapper’s lengthy catalog.

Best Gospel Album (Category 39)
Tasha Cobbs – ‘Grace (Live)’
Donald Lawrence – ‘Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 (Live)’
Bishop Paul S. Morton – ‘Best Days Yet’
William Murphy – ‘God Chaser (Live)’
Tye Tribbett – ‘Greater Than (Live)’

Who Should Win: Tasha Cobbs’ ‘Grace (Live)’

Who Will Win: Tye Tribbett’s ‘Greater Than (Live)’

Tye Tribbett’s ‘Greater Than (Live)’ album is now the best selling release in his entire catalog. This category has much stronger competition than ‘Best Gospel Song’, but Tribbett’s international success from this project is enough to secure a win here.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Category 40)
Building 429 – ‘We Won’t Be Shaken’
Matt Maher – ‘All The People Said Amen (Live)’
Mandisa – ‘Overcomer’
Matt Redman – ‘Your Grace Finds Me (Live)’
Chris Tomlin – ‘Burning Lights’

Who Should Win: Chris Tomlin’s ‘Burning Lights’

Who Will Win: Matt Redman’s ‘Your Grace Finds Me (Live)’

After winning two Grammys in 2013, Matt Redman’s third live album should continue his winning streak at the 2014 ceremony.

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