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The 52nd Annual Grammy Award nominations were announced on December 3, 2009. The ceremonies will be broadcast live on from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010.

In brief, eligibility is limited to those recordings released during the period of October 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.

There are four categories specific to Gospel; we list them below with the nominees.

Best Gospel Performance

  • “Free To Be Me”: Francesca Battistelli; Fervent Records/ Word Entertainment
  • “Jesus Is Love”: Heather Headley featuring Smokie Norful; Track from: Audience Of Onee ; EMI Gospel
  • “I Believe”: Jonny Lang With Fisk Jubilee Singers; Track from: Oh Happy Day; Vector Recordings/EMI Gospel
  • “Shall We Gather At The River”: Donnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark Sheard; Track from: We All Are One (Live In Detroit); Verity
  • “Born Again”: Third Day; Track from: Revelation ; Essential Records

    Best Gospel Song (song/songwriter)

  • “Born Again” Tai Anderson, David Carr, Mark Lee & Mac Powell, songwriters (Third Day) Track from: Revelation Essential Records
  • “City On Our Knees” Cary Barlowe, Toby McKeehan & Jaime Moore, songwriters (TobyMac) Forefront Records
  • “Every Prayer” Dayna Caddell, Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey & Ricardo Sanchez, songwriters (Israel Houghton & Mary Mary) Track from: The Power Of One Integrity Music
  • “God In Me” Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary Featuring Kierra “KiKi” Sheard) Track from: The Sound Columbia Records
  • “The Motions” Jason Houser, Sam Mizell & Matthew West, songwriters (Matthew West) Track from: Something To Say Sparrow Records


  • Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

  • Audience Of One Heather Headley; EMI Gospel
  • Renewed Sheri Jones-Moffett; EMI Gospel
  • Just James J Moss; GospoCentric/ Verity
  • Smokie Norful: Live Smokie Norful; EMI Gospel
  • Bold Right Life Kierra Sheard; EMI Gospel


  • Best Traditional Gospel Album

  • God Don’t Never Change Ashley Cleveland; E1 Music
  • The Law Of Confession, Part I Donald Lawrence & Co.; Quiet Water/Verity
  • Oh Happy Day (Various Artists) Bill Hearn, Ken Levitan, Ken Pennell, Jack Rovner & Cedric Thompson, producers; EMI Gospel/Vector Recordings
  • The Journey Continues The Williams Brothers; Blackberry Records
  • How I Got Over Vickie Winans; Destiny Joy Records

    Also, in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. (for The Big Picture ) and John Wells-The Tonic (for The Dash ) together with ReaDecyfer Down, Red and Third Day were nominated.

    In the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, Israel Houghton (for The Power of One) and Mandisa (for Freedom) was nominated along with Jeremy Camp, Jars of Clay and Leeland.