Nominations for 43rd Grammy Awards Announced

Matthew Turner
Grammy nominations have been announced. The winners of the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Feb. 21 on CBS. Here is a list of nominees in the Christian and Gospel categories. The nominating committee actually did a very nice job picking the best this year, although I have to wonder how Petra showed up again in the Rock category. Double Take, in my opinion, is not Grammy-nomination material. It's awesome to see Jennifer Knapp get her first Grammy nod, and hats off to Third Day for getting a nod for their worship album, Offerings. Another interesting tidbit is seeing BeBe Winans up against his sister, CeCe Winans, in the Best Contemporary Gospel Category.

Here's the list:

Best Rock Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

Lay It Down
Jennifer Knapp
[Gotee Records]

Double Take
[Word Records]

Third Verse
Smalltown Poets
[Ardent/ForeFront Records]

Learning To Breathe
[re:think Records]

Third Day
[Essential Records]

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

[Sparrow Records]

If I Left The Zoo
Jars of Clay
[Essential Records]

Crystal Lewis
[Metro One Music]

This Is Your Time
Michael W. Smith
[Reunion Records]

Crystal Clear
Jaci Velasquez
[Word Records]

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

The Great Gospel Hit Parade: From Memphis To Nashville To Texas
James Blackwood, The Jordanaires & The Light Crust Doughboys
[Art Greenhaw Records]

The Cathedrals A Farewell Celebration
The Cathedrals
[Spring House Music]

Just Over In Heaven
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
[Sugar Hill Records]

Soldier Of The Cross
Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
[Skaggs Family Records]

Old Ways & Old Paths
Paul Williams And The Victory Trio
[Rebel Records]

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

You Can Make It
Shirley Caesar
[Myrrh Records]

It Was You
Mighty Clouds of Joy

Family & Friends Live From Detroit
Rev. James Moore
[Malaco Records]

Aaron Neville
[EMI Gospel]

Ole Rickety Bridge
Dorothy Norwood
[Malaco Records]

The Concert
The Williams Brothers
[Blackberry Records]

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

Purpose By Design
Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ
[Verity Records]

Mary Mary
[Columbia/C2/Word Entertainment]

Family Affair
Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir
[Verity Records]

Love & Freedom
BeBe Winans
[Motown Records]

Alabaster Box
CeCe Winans
[Wellspring Gospel]

Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
For choirs or choruses only, with or without lead vocalist(s).

Get Your Praise On
New Direction; Jeral V. Gray, Sr. & Percy E. Gray, Jr., Choir Directors
[Myrrh Records]

Youth For Christ; Rev. Milton Biggham & Troy L. Sneed, Sr., Choir Directors
[Savoy Records]

Live - God Is Working
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; Carol Cymbala, Choir Director
[M2.0 Music]

Send Up The Praise
University of Mississippi Gospel Choir; Ron Briggs, Jason Clark & Dee Thomas, Choir Directors
[Malaco Records]
The Tri-City Singers; Donald Lawrence, Choir Director
[EMI Gospel]

Other notable nominations include U2's Beautiful Day for Record of the Year. The Irish Band will be up against Destiny's Child's Say My Name, Macy Gray's I Try, Madonna's Music, and N'Sync's Bye, Bye Bye. Country star, Brad Paisley, is nominated for Best New Artist. He'll be up against Shelby Lynn, Jill Scott Sisqo and Papa Roach. Creed landed a couple of Grammy nods in the Rock categories for their song With Arms Wide Open.

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Read Music Channel Editor Matt Turner's picks for the Top 10 Christian Songs and Top 10 Christian Albums of 2000.