Six-time GRAMMY winner CeCe Winans joined artists including Mariah Carey, Big & Rich and Natasha Bedingfield earlier this month to announce the nominees for the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards. In the Gospel category, recurring nominees like Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay and Steven Curtis Chapman were honored alongside newcomers Day of Fire and Casting Crowns. Winans also found herself nominated in three categories this year, including Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for Purified.

The Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category includes Casting Crowns for their August 2005 release, "Lifesong," as well as Jars of Clay's moving hymns project "Redemption Songs," Smith's "Healing Rain," Third Day's "Live Wire," Out of Eden's "Hymns" and Chapman's second holiday offering, "All I Really Want for Christmas."

The Best Rock Gospel Album race includes Audio Adrenaline for "Until My Heart Caves In," Day of Fire for their self-titled debut, Grits for "Dichotomy B," The Cross Movement's "Higher Definition" and Fresh I.E. 's "Truth Is Fallin' in the Streetz."

The Best Gospel Performance GRAMMY will go to Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Winans, Yolanda Adams or Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir. Meanwhile, the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album could go to Adams, Mary Mary, J Moss, BeBe Winans or his singing sibling CeCe.

To find five-time GRAMMY winner Amy Grant's name on this year's list, you'll need to look in the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album category, where's she's nominated for "Rock of Ages … Hymns & Faith." Other competitors in that category include The Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and Southern Gospel faves The Crabb Family, among others.

In interesting GRAMMY notes, Jars of Clay has received a nomination for every studio album they've ever produced and are three-time winners. This year's nod is Chapman's sixth nomination and he is the reigning winner in the category he is nominated in. Smith is also no stranger to the GRAMMY stage. This is the 11th nomination for the three-time GRAMMY winner. Last but not least, Franklin, who recently appeared on Oprah, has taken home three of the little gold statuettes.

The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air February 8, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. (PST/EST). The show will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

 
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