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2016 Grammy Awards Winners: Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, Francesca Battistelli, Israel & Newbreed Win Big in Christian Gospel Categories [Winner's List Updated]

( [email protected] ) Feb 15, 2016 10:58 PM EST
The winners in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards have just been unveiled. Among those awarded in this year's most prestigious music event are several Gospel artists.
The album and live show band for Christian musician with TobyMac. TobyMac is in the white shirt second from the left. Wikimedia Commons / Jonathan Powell

Update: 

The 2016 Grammy Awards is now over which means the list of winners is now complete. One of those who will probably be celebrating tonight is Mark Ronson who won for winning Record of the Year for his song "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars. Taylor Swift, on the other hand, was genuinely shocked at her Grammy win for Album of the Year for "1989" given the fact that she went up against some heavy hitters such as Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. 

Ed Sheeran and his song "Thinking Out Loud" snatched two awards in the event for the categories Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. As for the other winners, check out the list below. 

Best New Artist - Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo / Group Performance - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars for "Uptown Funk" 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap for "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jeremy Kern"

Best Pop Vocal Album - Taylor Swift for "1989"

Best Dance Recording - Skrillex and Diplo with Justn Bieber for "Where are U Now"

Best Rock Performance - The Alabam Shakes for "Don't Wanna Fight"

The winners in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards have just been unveiled. Among those awarded in this year's most prestigious music event are several Gospel artists.

In the category Best Gospel Performance / Song, songwriter Kirk Franklin won the award for the single "Wanna Be Happy?" Those who went up against Franklin in the same category included Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Travis Greene, Brian Courtney Wilson and Israel & NewBreed.

Franklin's latest win marks his eight Grammy Award.

For the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance / Song, Francesca Battistelli took home the award for this category through the single "Holy Spirit." On the other hand, worship leader and artist Israel & NewBreed, also known as Israel Houghton won the award in the Best Gospel Album category for the live album "Covered: Alive in Asia." As mentioned earlier, he was also nominated in the Best Gospel Performance / Song for the live rendition of the song "How Awesome is Our God," which featured Yolanda Adams.

Taking home the award for the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album is TobyMac for "This is Note a Test." The other nominees for the category are 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."

Rounding up the winners for the 2016 Grammy Awards' Gospel categories is The Fairfield Four. The group won the category Best Roots Gospel Album with "Still Rockin' My Soul. The first time the band received a Grammy Award was in 1997 for the song "I couldn't Hear Nobody Pray."

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