HERE THEY GO -With a win for "Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Album of the Year" for "The Art of Translation," GRITS was pretty pumped about the win really going toward a hip hop album this year.  The duo's Coffee and Bonafide also talked about working with new Forefront Records artist, Lil' IROCC, recently.  'It was a real treat, man," said Coffee.  "He's a good kid.  He's humble.  He took constructive criticism.  You'll be surprised where that kid is in the next 10 years."


SOMEONE'S TALKING TURKEY - So if you've just won the award for "Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year" for "The Eleventh Hour" and you're backstage, chances are you might not be talking about Thanksgiving.  And turkey.  Unless you're Jars of Clay.  With their way of making any time together a crazy time together, the quartet get in a few words about the next album that they're about half-way through making at this point.  "It's coming out at Thanksgiving," revealed Stephen Mason.  "If you put the CD inside the turkey and cook it at 375 degrees, it'll come out nice and tender.  And the liner notes make good gravy."  Expect more of a return to their roots this time out.  More acoustic with some neo-soul thrown in for good measure. 


DEFINITELY SPOKEN ... AND THEN SOME - Winner of the "Spanish Language Album of the Year" for "Navidad," Jaci Velasquez celebrated her victory backstage by talking about her recent English language album, "Unspoken," and her major motion picture debut, "Chasing Papi" which hits theaters nationwide next week.  "It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make knowing that people would have opinions on it before they saw it," shared Jaci.  The truth is I'm not sorry for the choice that I've made because God is the reason that I do what I do and God opened the door and God gave me a peace.  If Christians don't infiltrate pop culture then we're going to create our own sub culture and not infiltrate the culture.  C.S. Lewis wrote we need less Christian musicians, authors, and writers.  And we need more authors, writers, musicians to do their work in excellence.  I feel that was my calling.  That's what he's called me to do - be a light in a dark world." 


MOMMY MOMMY - Mary Mary's Tina Atkins-Campbell and Erica Atkins-Campbell brought "In the Morning" to the evening as they won the Dove Award for "Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song" last night.  "We were so not expecting this and we are really happy."  What is expected is a new baby for Tina and her husband this coming September.  Congrats!