Christian Music Stars Win Big At The Grammys

Some of Christian music’s biggest names won at the 2016 Grammy Awards that aired Monday night, including TobyMac and Israel Houghton in the Gospel and Christian music categories.
Christian music winners at Grammy 2016 include: 
TobyMac added his seventh career GRAMMY to his ever growing award mantle with a win for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (for This Is Not A Test). Other nominees in the category included Chris Tomlin for Love Ran Red, Matt Maher for Saints and Sinners, Lauren Daigle for How Can it Be and Jason Crabb for Whatever the Road.
tobymac grammy win
His album Alive and Transported won for Best Rock Gospel Album in 2009 and Eye on It was also named as the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album of 2013.
This Is Not a Test is the seventh studio album by TobyMac. It debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Produced by Christopher Stevens, David Garcia, TobyMac, Capital Kings and Solomon Olds,This is Not a Test finds TobyMac collaborating with a diverse group of artists, including for the first time in a decade, his former DC Talk bandmates Kevin Max and Michael Tait.
The singer took to Facebook to express his gratitude: “So honored, so grateful, so humbled and soooo thankful for all who labored with me on this project. To God be the glory,” he wrote about his win.
Francesca Battistelli won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Holy Spirit” over three other popular worship songs from Crowder, Matt Maher and Third Day and TobyMac’s latest hit single, “Feel It.”
 francesca battistelli at grammys
This was Franny’s fourth GRAMMY nomination and first win. She was unable to attend the Grammy Awards as she is excitedly anticipating the birth of her third child, but did release this statement: “I am so honored and humbled to have been recognized for ‘Holy Spirit,‘ a song that has meant so much to me,” says Battistelli. “Many thanks to Bryan and Katie Torwalt for writing an amazing song and letting me sing it. I pray God continues to use it to change people’s lives and draw them closer to Himself!”
Israel Houghton & New Breed, a five-time GRAMMY award winning group, added a sixth win tonight for Covered: Alive In Asia in the Best Gospel Album category over fellow nominees Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tasha Cobbs and Jonathan McReynolds.
israel houston at grammy 2016
Israel took to social media to thank the huge amount of players that brought the album to life. “I’m speechless! No way on earth I could’ve done it without [these amazing people]! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork”
The winner of Best Gospel Performance/Song was no suprise as Kirk Franklin kept his GRAMMY streak alive with a win over songs from Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Travis Greene, Brian Courtney Wilson and Israel Houghton & New Breed.
kirk franklin at grammy 2016
Kirk has gone eight for eight since 1997.
Rounding out the winners for the Gospel and Christian categories for the 2016 Grammy Awards’ were The Fairfield Four. The group won the category Best Roots Gospel Album with their album Still Rockin’ My Soul over much higher profile nominees Karen Peck & New River and Point of Grace.
fairfield four win at grammy 2016
With a lasting career in the music industry, The Fairfield Four have existed for over 90 years. They started as a trio in Nashville, Tennessee’s Fairfield Baptist Church in 1921, but the first time they received a Grammy Award was in 1997 for the song “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray,” and won again in 1998 for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.