Integrity Music’s Israel Houghton is now a four-time GRAMMY Award winner after receiving the award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for his critically acclaimed CD Love God. Love People. The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The GRAMMY for Love God. Love People. makes four straight for the worship leader from Houston.  Each of Houghton’s last four CDs have been honored with GRAMMY Awards.  Last year he won for his solo debut CD The Power of One, and with his powerhouse musical ensemble New Breed, Houghton won a GRAMMY in 2008 for A Deeper Level and in 2007 for Alive in South Africa.

Winners for the 53rd Grammy Awards have been announced.  The categories include: Best Gospel Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel, Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album, Best Traditional Gospel Album, and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

The brother and sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans received two nominations for Best Gospel Performance for their song “Grace” and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for Still and won in both categories.

Other winners in the Gospel category included Switchfoot, Jerry Peters and Kirk Whalum, Diamond Rio, and Patty Griffin.

The winners are listed below in all of the Gospel categories:

Best Gospel Performance


BeBe & CeCe Winans (winner)

Track from: Still


He Wants It All

Forever Jones

Track from: Get Ready

[EMI Gospel]

You Hold My World

Israel Houghton

Track from: Love God. Love People.

[Integrity Music]

Nobody Greater

VaShawn Mitchell

Track from: Triumphant

[EMI Gospel]

He’s Been Just That Good

Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway

Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III

[Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue Records]

Best Gospel Song

Beautiful Things

Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor, songwriters (Gungor)

Track from: Beautiful Things

[Brash Music]

Better Than A Hallelujah

Sarah Hart & Chapin Hartford, songwriters (Amy Grant)

Track from: Somewhere Down The Road

[Amy Grant Productions/ Sparrow Records; Publishers: River Oaks Music, Publishing, Sony/Tree Music Publishing, Michael Puryear Music]

It’s What I Do (winner)

Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway)

Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III

[Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue Records; Publishers: Whalumusic/Jerry Peters Music]

Our God

Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris


Track from: Passion: Awakening

[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords; Publishers: Thankyou Music, sixsteps Music/ Songs/Said And Done Music/Vamos Publishing/Jonas Myrin/SHOUT! Publishing]

Return To Sender

Gordon Kennedy, songwriter (Ricky Skaggs)

Track from: Mosaic

[Skaggs Family Records; Publisher: GlennJoy Music]

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album

Hello Hurricane (winner)


[Atlantic Recording Corp/ Credential Recordings]

Church Music

David Crowder Band

[Sparrow Records / Sixstepsrecords]

For Those Who Wait


[Flicker Records]

Beautiful Things


[Brash Music]



[Reach Records]

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

Love God. Love People.  (winner)

Israel Houghton

[Integrity Music]

Beauty Will Rise

Steven Curtis Chapman

[Sparrow Records]

Pieces Of A Real Heart

Sanctus Real

[Sparrow Records]


Ricky Skaggs

[Skaggs Family Records]



[ForeFront Records]

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

The Reason (winner)

Diamond Rio


Expecting Good Things

Jeff & Sheri Easter

[Spring Hill Music Group/She Loved Music]

Times Like These

Austins Bridge

[Daywind Records]

Journey On

Ty Herndon

[FUNL Music]

Live At Oak Tree: Karen Peck & New River

Karen Peck & New River

[Daywind Records]

Best Traditional Gospel Album

The Experience

Vanessa Bell Armstrong

[EMI Gospel]

A City Called Heaven

Shirley Caesar

[Light Records]

Downtown Church (winner)

Patty Griffin

[Credential Recordings]

Here I Am

Marvin Sapp


All In One

Karen Clark Sheard

[KaRew Records/ EMI Gospel]

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album


BeBe & CeCe Winans  (winner)


Get Ready

Forever Jones

[EMI Gospel]

Love Unstoppable

Fred Hammond



VaShawn Mitchell

[EMI Gospel]

Aaron Sledge

Aaron Sledge

[EMI Gospel]

By Sheilah Belle

source:  The Belle Report

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