Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female

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Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female
Awarded forQuality soul gospel performances
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1990
Last awarded1990
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female was an award presented at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards in 1990 for quality soul gospel performances. The Grammy Awards, an annual ceremony that was established in 1958, and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to: "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

32nd Annual Grammy Awards award ceremony

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards were held in 1990. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year.

Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Most of the singing was done a cappella. The first published use of the term "gospel song" probably appeared in 1874. The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F. Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H. Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby. Gospel music publishing houses emerged. The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music. Following World War II, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, and gospel music concerts became quite elaborate.

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Prior to the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female, there were two categories separated by gender (Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female and Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male), both of which were first presented in 1984. The first gender-neutral award was presented to Al Green in 1990 for his performance of "As Long as We're Together". In 1991, another category restructure resulted in the soul gospel categories being divided into awards for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album and Best Traditional Gospel Album, both of which lasted until the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011.

The Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female was awarded from 1984 to 1989. In 1990 this award was combined with the award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male as the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female.

The Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male was awarded from 1984 to 1989. In 1990 this award was combined with the award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female as the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female.

Al Green American singer

Albert Leornes Greene, often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Take Me to the River", "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still in Love with You", "Love and Happiness", and his signature song, "Let's Stay Together". Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum's site as being "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music". He has also been referred to as "The Last of the Great Soul Singers". Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No. 65, as well as its list of the 100 Greatest Singers, at No. 14.

Background

Prior to the category Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female there were two categories separated by gender: Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female and Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male. Both awards were presented from 1984 to 1989. [3] The first gender-neutral award was presented in 1990. In 1991, another category restructure resulted in the soul gospel categories being divided into awards for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album and Best Traditional Gospel Album (previously known as Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary and Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional from 1978 to 1983), both of which lasted until the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011. [3] [4]

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album was awarded from 1991 to 2011. A similar award, the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional was awarded from 1978 to 1983. It was previously known as the award Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.

The Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary was awarded from 1978 to 1983. A similar award, the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album has been awarded since 1991.

The Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional was awarded from 1978 to 1983. A similar award, the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album has been awarded since 1991.

Nominees

Award winner Al Green performing in May 2006 Al Green.jpg
Award winner Al Green performing in May 2006

Nominees for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female included: Al Green for "As Long as We're Together", Albertina Walker for My Time Is Not Over, Beau Williams for Wonderful, Daniel Winans for "You Got a Choice to Make", and Vickie Winans for Total Victory. [5] The "new jack swing remix" of "As Long as We're Together" was done by Al B. Sure! and Kyle West and appeared on Green's 1989 album I Get Joy , which reached peak positions of number 60 and number 13 on Billboard magazines' R&B Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts, respectively. Allmusic's Jason Elias criticized the remix for having "too much hardware". [6] My Time Is Not Over, recorded in Tennessee, contained 1960's soul music "propelled by a choir's call-and-response" and reached number 33 on the Top Gospel Albums chart. [7] [8] Wonderful reached number 22 and number 2 on Billboards' Top Contemporary Christian and Top Gospel Albums charts, respectively, and earned Williams a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award for Best Traditional Black Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. [9] [10] Daniel Winans, a member of the Winans family, was also nominated for, and won, the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus for Let Brotherly Love Continue. [11] Total Victory also charted on the Top Contemporary Christian and Top Gospel Albums charts, reaching peak positions of number 31 and number 7, respectively. [12]

Albertina Walker American gospel singer and songwriter

Albertina Walker was an American gospel singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian. She was popularly referred to as the "Queen of Gospel Music".

Beau Williams is an American gospel singer from Texas. Through Light Records he released an album Wonderful, whose title track became a number one gospel hit.

Vickie Winans American singer

Vickie Winans is an American Gospel recording artist.

Recipient

The award was presented to Green, [13] who has received a total of eleven Grammy awards during his lifetime. [14] [15] In 1982, Green was presented the award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional for The Lord Will Make a Way , followed by awards for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary and Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional in 1983 for Higher Plane and Precious Lord , respectively. Green earned three awards for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male: the first in 1984 for I'll Rise Again , another in 1987 for "Going Away" (from the album He Is the Light ), [16] and a third in 1988 for "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" (from the album Soul Survivor ). [14] [17] The song "Sailin' on the Sea of Your Love" earned Shirley Caesar and Green the award for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus in 1985. [14] Green has earned three Grammy awards since his 1990 recognition for "As Long as We're Together"; in 1995 he and Lyle Lovett earned the first Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Funny How Time Slips Away", [18] and in 2009 he was presented awards for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "You've Got the Love I Need" and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Stay with Me (By the Sea)". [14] Of the other Best Soul Gospel Performance nominees for 1990, only Walker eventually earned a Grammy award (Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 1995 for Songs of the Church: Live in Memphis). [19]

<i>The Lord Will Make a Way</i> 1980 studio album by Al Green

The Lord Will Make a Way is the 14th studio album by Al Green and his first gospel album, released in 1980.

<i>Higher Plane</i> 1982 studio album by Al Green

Higher Plane is the 15th studio album by Al Green and his second gospel album, released in 1982.

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