[REVIEW] 2017 Grammy Predictions x Gospel/Contemporary Christian

The 2017 gospel/contemporary picks features lots of new artists and surprising collaboration projects. Without Lecrae under any of this year’s categories, this year could be the first in which all first-time nominees could become certified Grammy winners (see 2016 list here).

Best Gospel Performance/Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 36)
Shirley Caesar (feat. Anthony Hamilton) – It’s Alright, It’s Ok
Songwriters: Stanley Brown and Courtney Rumble
Jekalyn Carr – You’re Bigger [Live]
Songwriters: Allundria Carr
Travis Greene – Made A Way [Live]
Songwriters: Travis Greene
Tamela Mann – God Provides
Songwriters: Kirk Franklin
Hezekiah Walker – Better
Songwriters: Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher, and Hezekiah Walker

Who Should Win: Tamela Mann – God Provides

Who Will Win: Hezekiah Walker – Better

While Tamela is an undeniable vocalist with some of the best ballads within gospel, Hezekiah’s “Better” has more of an overall impact for both mainstream and Christian radio listeners.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 37)
Lauren Daigle – Trust In You
Songwriters: Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren, and Paul Mabury
For King & Country – Priceless
Songwriters: Benjamin Backus, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, and Tedd Tjornhom
Natalie Grant – King Of The World
Songwriters: Natalie Grant, Becca Mizell, and Samuel Mizell
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – Thy Will
Songwriters: Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott, and Emily Weisband
Zach Williams – Chain Breaker
Songwriters: Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, and Zach Williams

Who Should Win: Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – Thy Will

Who Will Win: Lauren Daigle – Trust In You

Lady Antebellum’s frontwoman took a risk by changing direction for her Christian album, and it paid off and became one of the biggest songs (and videos) of the year. Lauren’s stripped-down “Trust”, however, is much more personally authentic and should garner her lots of young adult fans.

Best Gospel Album (Category 38)
Tim Bowman Jr. – Listen
Shirley Caesar – Fill This House
Todd Dulaney – A Worshipper’s Heart [Live]
Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion
William Murphy – Demonstrate [Live]

Who Should Win: William Murphy – Demonstrate [Live]

Who Will Win: Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion

Live albums are always hard to beat in this category, which makes William Murphy’s ‘Demonstrate’ set just that much of a worthy challenger. Veteran Grammy winner Kirk Franklin’s ‘Religion’, however, would be the studio equivalent to Murphy’s greatness.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Category 39)
All Sons & Daughters – Poets & Saints
Crowder – American Prodigal
Natalie Grant – Be One
Hillsong Young & Free – Youth Revival [Live]
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – Love Remains

Who Should Win: Natalie Grant – Be One

Who Will Win: Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – Love Remains

Although it’s quite surprising that Natalie Grant hasn’t won in this category despite being nominated numerous times before, Hillary Scott’s trial contemporary Christian project is a complete body of work to be reckoned with.

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