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The Grammys 2023: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

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Once again, I hadn’t heard any of the nominated songs before this week. They’re a nice group of songs.

“God Really Loves Us,” performed by Crowder featuring Dante Bowe and Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, David Crowder, Ben Glover & Jeff Sojka, songwriters:

“So Good,” performed by DOE; Chuck Butler, Dominique Jones & Ethan Hulse, songwriters:

“For God is With Us,” performed by for KING & COUNTRY & Hillary Scott; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters:

“Fear Is Not My Future,” performed by Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Brandon Lake & Hannah Shackelford, songwriters. There are several videos of this on YouTube and I chose the shortest one for this article:

“Holy Forever,” performed by Chris Tomlin; Jason Ingraham, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Chris Tomlin & Phil Wickham, songwriters:

“Hymn of Heaven,” performed by Phil Wickham; Chris Davenport, Bill Johnson, Brian Johnson & Phil Wickham, songwriters:

It took me a few listenings to choose a favorite. I think the best of these is “God Really Loves Us.” The chorus is so good. I am pulled into worship. I can just imagine a congregation belting out, “Hallelujah! We are not alone! God really loves us! God really loves us!”

And “Hymn of Heaven” is a close second.

Now it’s your turn. Which song do you think is the best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song? Why is it your favorite? Share in the comments below.

Looking Forward to the Grammys, Part IV

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Today, let’s look at the nominations for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. I used to be much more tuned in to this category. I’m familiar with Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans, but the other nomineed performers are new to me.

We Win, performed by Kirk Franklin and Lil Baby; Kirk Franklin, Dominique Jones, Cynthia Nunn and Justin Smith, songwriters. This song was written for the new Space Jam movie:

Hold Us Together (Hope Mix) performed by H.E.R. and Tauren Wells; Josiah Bassey, Dernst Emile and H.E.R., songwriters

Man of Your Word performed by Chandler Moore and KJ Scriven; Jonathan Jay, Nathan Jess and Chandler Moore, songwriters. I have reservations about Christian worship songs that repeat one or two phrases ad infinitim:

Believe For It performed by CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans and Mitch Wong, songwriters. Oh my, toward the end, this song is very much like Man of Your Word in that the same words are repeated over and over:

Jireh performed by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music featuring Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine; Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine, songwriters:

These are all wonderful performances with beautiful vocal harmonies, but the one that gives me chills is Jireh, though I could do without the repetitive ending. Jireh’s my pick.

Now it’s your turn. Which of these songs do you think deserves the Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian  Music Performance/Song, and why? Please share in the comments below.

Have you seen the other parts of this series? Part I: Best Music Video. Part II: Song of the Year, Part III: Best Global Music Performance.