Lauren Daigle, Tori Kelly, Jason Crabb Top Grammy CCM/Gospel Winners

Lauren Daigle

Lauren Daigle, Tori Kelly and Jason Crabb took home top Grammy honors in the Contemporary Christian Music and Gospel categories during the awards’ Premiere Ceremony, held Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10).

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song went to Daigle’s crossover hit “You Say.” The track was penned by Daigle, Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury. This marks the first Grammy win for Daigle.

“These are the moments you dream of,” Daigle said. “I thank Paul who has been a champion of mine since the beginning.

Daigle also earned Best Contemporary Christian Album for her blockbuster offering Look Up Child. The album had the biggest debut week for a Christian album in nine years upon its release in September 2018, with 115,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.

“I want to thank Jason Ingram. He has poured a lot of heart and soul into this as well. This record just came out of a season of realizing we just need to look up. I love that music gives us the opportunity to look up and spread love to the whole world.”

Tori Kelly took home the top Gospel category wins. Kelly and Kirk Franklin won Best Gospel Performance/Song for “Never Alone.” Kelly also earned Best Gospel Album for Hiding Place. Kelly was previously nominated for the all-genre Best New Artist Grammy in 2016.

“I’ve dreamed about this since I was a kid so this is insane,” said Kelly. “This is so wild. It’s going to take a minute to process this. Kirk Franklin took me under his wing and saw the passion I have for gospel. He made it happen so Kirk I love you so much. You are a legend.”

Jason Crabb

Best Roots Gospel Album went to Jason Crabb for Unexpected, which was produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus.

“I had to write this down because I’m shaking so bad,” Crabb noted. “Thank you to Jay DeMarcus for producing my record, and the Recording Academy for recognizing all of music. We love the Nashville chapter.”

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