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It is awards season all right: a steady stream of glitzy productions to recognize the winners in music, movies and television. There are the Country Music Awards, Nickelodeon HALO Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards. There are more, many more but you get the idea.

Sorting through the endless lists of nominees and winners, there are some real gems that may be of interest to you.

Best Gospel Performance/Song

In 2015 the Recording Academy added a Grammy award for Best Gospel Performance/Song. The 2015 winner was “Help” by Christian Gospel artist Aaron Sledge. In 2016 the winner was Kirk Franklin for “God Provides”. Kirk again took top honours in this category this year with “God Provides”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song was also first given out in 2015 with its first winner the song “Messengers” by the rapper Lecrea. In 2016 top prize in this category went to “Holy Spirit “ by Francesca Battistelli. This year the prize went to: Hillary Scott & The Scott Family for “Thy Will”. (Click on the image to watch the music video of “Thy Will”.



Best Gospel Performance/Song

Another new Grammy category in 2015 was the award for Best Gospel Performance/Song. In 2015 Smokie Norful won for “No Greater Love”. In 2016 the Grammy was presented to Kirk Fraklin for “Wanna Be Happy?”

This year “God Provides” by Tamela Mann was the Grammy winner for Best Gospel Performance/ Song. Click on the image to the left to watch the music video of “God Provides”.



Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

In the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family were winners again with their album “Love Remains”. Love Remains is the second studio album by Hillary Scott. Hillary is a founding member of American country music trio Lady Antebellum, though “Love Remains” was released in collaboration with her father, Lang Scott; her mother, Linda Davis; and her sister Rylee Scott.

The faith-based record incorporates elements of gospel, bluegrass, country, and pop genres and is produced by Ricky Skaggs.

So how does one win a Grammy?

The process begins with members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Academy's voting members, all involved in the creative and technical processes of recording, then participate in: 1) the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and 2) the final voting process which determines the GRAMMY winners.

Submission

The Road To GRAMMY Gold Recording Academy members and record companies enter recordings and music videos released during the eligibility year which they consider worthy of recognition in the GRAMMY Awards process.

Screening

Reviewing sessions by more than 350 experts in various fields are held to ensure that entered recordings meet specific qualifications and have been placed in appropriate fields such as Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Gospel, New Age, Rap, Classical and Latin, among others. The purpose of screenings is not to make artistic or technical judgments about the recordings, but rather to make sure that each entry is eligible and placed in its proper category.

Nominating

First-round ballots are sent to voting members in good dues standing. To help ensure the quality of the voting, members are directed to vote only in their areas of expertise; they may vote in up to 15 categories in the genre fields plus the four categories of the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.) Ballots are tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte.

Special Nominating Committees

In craft and other specialized categories, final nominations are determined by national nomination review committees comprised of voting members from all of The Academy's Chapter cities.

Final Voting

Final-round ballots are sent to voting members in good dues standing. The finalists determined by the special nominating committees are also included in this ballot. In this final round, Recording Academy members may vote in up to 15 categories in the genre fields plus the four categories of the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.) The independent accounting firm of Deloitte again tabulates ballots.

Results

Results of members' voting are not known until the GRAMMY Awards presentation ceremony when names of the winners are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes. GRAMMY Award winners are revealed during the GRAMMY Awards telecast.