The 61st Grammy Awards took place Sunday and this year contemporary Christian artists who have gone mainstream took home top prizes and are more visible than ever.
Marked by performances by Alicia Keys, who at one point during the ceremony played two pianos at once, and a surprise appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama, the awards show dazzled viewers with ratings matching last year's show.
Some are saying that God is increasingly taking center stage in the music industry and last night's award show was no exception. As Christian artists ascend to the top spots on the charts with hit songs, their influence continues to grow.
Here are 5 things you might have missed at the Grammy Awards Sunday.
1. Artist Lauren Daigle nets first Grammy awards
Winning best Contemporary Christian Music Album this year was artist Lauren Daigle, whose success has skyrocketed this year as she risen to the tops of charts and has performed on several national television programs.
“This record, I’ll tell you, it just came out of a season of realizing we’re just supposed to look up,” Daigle said as she accepted the award Sunday for her album “Look Up Child.”
“I love that music gives us the opportunity to look up. It gives us the opportunity to spread love to the entire world.”
She also won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for her song "You Say," which she performed on Good Morning America in December. To date, the song on her YouTube channel has received almost 66 million views.
2. Tori Kelly wins Best Gospel Performance/Song and Best Gospel Album
In a collaboration with Kirk Franklin, Tori Kelly won the Grammy for Best Gospel Performance/Song for "Never Alone."
Kelly also took home the award for Best Gospel Album for her record called "Hiding Place."
"What a wild day. I still don’t know how I was somehow able to soak the tears back into my eyes as I was walking up to accept each of these. Dreamed about this since I was a kid. Never thought U would get 2 in 1 night," a jubilant Kelly tweeted.
3. Jesus Culture worship band receives first nomination
A Sacramento, California-based worship band that continues to rise in popularity received its first Grammy nomination this year.
Nominated for best Contemporary Christian album, the band, which is comprised of 8-10 members, called the Grammy nomination an “unexpected honor.”
Lead guitarist Jeffery Kunde gave the credit to God.
“I don’t think we’re trying for any of it. It’s just happening organically because the Lord is touching it and He’s making it happen,” Kunde said in an interview with local media.
Jesus Culture’s latest album is “Living With A Fire.”
Jesus Culture of Sacramento, the church at which the worship group is based, was planted four years ago.
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