Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

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Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental contemporary Christian music recordings and songwriting
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2015
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song was a new category at the 2015 ceremony of the annual Grammy Awards. It combines two previously separate categories in the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music field, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. The new category recognizes both songwriters and performers (solo/duos/groups/collaborations/etc.) and is open for singles or tracks only. Songwriters are only awarded a Grammy Award if it is a newly written song. Grammy's for cover versions of previously recorded songs are awarded to the performer(s) only.

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Along with the also newly formed Best Gospel Performance/Song category, these mark the only Grammy categories which honor both performers and songwriters in one category.

These changes were made in June 2014 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "in the interest of clarifying the criteria, representing the current culture and creative DNA of the gospel and Contemporary Christian Music communities, and better reflecting the diversity and authenticity of today's gospel music industry." [1]

According to the Grammy committee, the move recognizes "the critical contribution of both songwriters and performers by combining songwriters and artists into the Best Gospel Performance/Song and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song categories."

Gospel performances, which were previously recognized in the Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance category, will now fall under the newly created Best Gospel Performance/Song category.

Recipients

Year [I] Artist(s)TitleSongwriter(s)Other nominees [III] Ref.
2015 Lecrae featuring For King & Country "Messengers" Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone
[2]
2016 Francesca Battistelli "Holy Spirit"Song was written (and previously recorded) by Bryan & Katie Torwalt but as this category only awards newly written songs, the songwriters' Grammy was not awarded.
  • Ed Cash, David Crowder and Seth Philpott for "Lift Your Head Weary Sinners (Chains)", performed by Crowder
  • Matt Maher for "Because He Lives (Amen)", performed by Matt Maher
  • Tai Anderson, Brenton Brown, David Carr, Mark Lee, Matt Maher and Mac Powell for "Soul on Fire", performed by Third Day featuring All Sons & Daughters
[3]
2017 Hillary Scott & The Scott Family"Thy Will" Hillary Scott, Bernie Herms & Emily Weisband
[4]
2018 Hillsong Worship "What a Beautiful Name"Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood
[5]
2019 Lauren Daigle "You Say" Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury
[6]

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