Christian Artists Rack Up Grammy Nods

Gospel Music Association's New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath received two Grammy Award nominations Wednesday during a televised show from Los Angeles.

Heath was nominated in the Best Gospel Song category for "Give Me Your Eyes" as well as for What If We in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category.

Mary Mary, CeCe Winans and Kirk Franklin also received two nods each during the broadcast, which included performances from past GRAMMY winners such as Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and the Foo Fighters. 

Other Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album nominees were This Moment by Steven Curtis Chapman, Opposite Way by Leeland, Hello Love by Chris Tomlin and Thy Kingdom Come by CeCe Winans.

Mary Mary was nominated in the Best Gospel Performance category for "Get Up" as well as for The Sound in the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album category.

Other Best Gospel Performance nominees were "East to West" by Casting Crowns, "Waging War" by CeCe Winans, "Shall We Gather at the River" by Take 6 and "I Understand" by Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, Bebe Winans, Mariah Carey and Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir.

Franklin was nominated in the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album category for The Fight of My Life and "Help Me Believe" in the Best Gospel Song category.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for live broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. EST, Feb 8.

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