[REVIEW] 2015 Grammy Predictions x Gospel/Contemporary Christian

56th GRAMMY Awards - Press RoomAs predicted and with the 2014 list, Christian hip-hop rapper Lecrae is nominated numerous times again this year. However, with Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell’s debut listed as one of the top selling albums of 2014, his reign as a Grammy-winning rapper could be cut short with the 2015 gospel nominations.

Best Gospel Performance/Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 36)
Erica Campbell (feat. Lecrae) – “Help”
Songwriters: Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, Hasben Jones, Harold Lilly, Lecrae Moore, and Aaron Sledge
Karen Clark Sheard – “Sunday A.M. (Live)”
Songwriters: Rudy Currence and Donald Lawrence
Mali Music – “I Believe”
Songwriters: Kortney J. Pollard
Smokie Norful – “No Greater Love”
Songwriters: Aaron W. Lindsey and Smokie Norful
The Walls Group – “Love On The Radio”
Songwriters: Kirk Franklin

Who Should Win: Smokie Norful – “No Greater Love”

Who Will Win: Erica Campbell (feat. Lecrae) – “Help”

Erica’s “Help” dominated contemporary radio for a good part of the eligibility period while Smokie’s “Love” was bubbling under the radar, but the push from Grammy-winning Christian rapper Lecrae will likely secure the duo a win.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – Songwriters Award (Category 37)
Francesca Battistelli – “Write Your Story”
Songwriters: Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia, and Ben Glover
Crowder – “Come As You Are”
Songwriters: Ed Cash, David Crowder, and Seth Philpott
Lecrae (feat. For King & Country) – “Messengers”
Songwriters: Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone, and Luke Smallbone
MercyMe – “Shake”
Songwriters: Nathan Cochran, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Soli Olds, Mike Scheuchzer, and Robby Shaffer
Needtobreathe – “Multiplied”
Songwriters: Bear Rinehart and Bo Rinehart

Who Should Win: Lecrae (feat. For King & Country) – “Messengers”

Who Will Win: Crowder “Come As You Are”

While Lecrae’s contribution on “Messengers” with For King and Country is quite unexpected, Crowder’s strong vocal and songwriting on “Come As You Are” is a standout in this category.

Best Gospel Album (Category 38)
Erica Campbell – ‘Help’
Ricky Dillard & New G – ‘Amazing (Live’)
William Mcdowell – ‘Withholding Nothing [Live]’
Smokie Norful – ‘Forever Yours’
Anita Wilson – ‘Vintage Worship’

Who Should Win: Anita Wilson – ‘Vintage Worship’

Who Will Win: Erica Campbell – ‘Help’

Anita’s sophomore album should win because of the truths in her album title alone, but Erica’s experimentation with unique sounds on her solo gospel debut could be one of the best female releases of the year.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Category 39)
Francesca Battistelli – ‘If We’re Honest’
For King & Country – ‘Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.’
Natalie Grant – ‘Hurricane’
Mercyme – ‘Welcome To The New’
Royal Tailor – ‘Royal Tailor’

Who Should Win: Natalie Grant – ‘Hurricane’

Who Will Win: For King & Country – ‘Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.’

Natalie Grant has been around for years, releasing consistently great quality contemporary Christian music. But the singles from For King & Country over the last year have been anything short of impressive.

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