for King & Country, Danny Gokey, Kirk Franklin Lead CCM/Gospel Grammy Nominations

for King & Country, Danny Gokey, and Kirk Franklin are among the leading nominees in the Contemporary Christian Music and Gospel Music categories at the upcoming Grammy Awards, slated for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at the Los Angeles Staples Center.

for King & Country earned a nomination in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category for their project Burn The Ships. They are also nominated alongside Dolly Parton in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for their collaboration of “God Only Knows.” The duo’s Joel and Luke Smallbone wrote the track alongside Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, and Tedd Tjornhom. Reynolds is also nominated for a Grammy in this year’s Best Country Song category, as a writer on Dan+Shay’s “Speechless.”

Last week, for King & Country performed the track with Parton at the Country Music Association Awards.

Gokey is nominated in two categories, with “Haven’t Seen It Yet” nominated in the Best Contemporary Christian Song/Performance category. His album Haven’t Seen It Yet is also up for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Franklin is nominated as both artist and songwriter for his song “Love Theory” in the Best Gospel Performance/Song category; his album Long Live Love is nominated for Best Gospel Album.

The full CCM and Gospel nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards are below:

Best Gospel Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.

  • “Love Theory”
    Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
  • “Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus”
    Gloria Gaynor Featuring Yolanda Adams; Bryan
    Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens, songwriters
  • “See The Light”
    Travis Greene Featuring Jekalyn Carr
  • “Speak The Name”
    Koryn Hawthorne Featuring Natalie Grant
  • “This Is A Move (Live)”
    Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nate Moore, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.

  • “Only Jesus”
    Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Bernie Herms & Matthew West, songwriters
  • “God Only Knows”
    for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
  • “Haven’t Seen It Yet”
    Danny Gokey; Danny Gokey, Ethan Hulse & Colby Wedgeworth, songwriters
  • “God’s Not Done With You (Single Version)”
    Tauren Wells
  • “Rescue Story”
    Zach Williams; Ethan Hulse, Andrew Ripp, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

Best Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.

  • Long Live Love
    Kirk Franklin
  • Goshen
    Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri -City Singers
  • Tunnel Vision
    Gene Moore
  • Settle Here
    William Murphy
  • Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album
    CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, or rock recordings.

  • I Know A Ghost
    Crowder
  • Burn The Ships
    for KING & COUNTRY
  • Haven’t Seen It Yet
    Danny Gokey
  • The Elements
    TobyMac
  • Holy Roar
    Chris Tomlin

Best Roots Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.

  • Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows
    Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Testimony
    Gloria Gaynor
  • Deeper Oceans
    Joseph Habedank
  • His Name Is Jesus
    Tim Menzies
  • Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout
    (Various Artists)
    Jerry Salley, Producer

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