Despite not releasing a new studio album since mid 2008, Third Day earned three Grammy nominations last week—for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album (Live Revelations), for Best Gospel Song ("Born Again"), and for Best Gospel Performance ("Born Again"). "Born Again" is from their 2008 album, Revelation.
Heading up all nominees for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards was Beyoncé with ten nods followed by Taylor Swift with eight; both will battle it out in the biggest categories "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year." Other "Album of the Year" nominees include Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and Dave Matthews Band, while Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga also were nominated for "Record of the Year" with Kings of Leon.
In the Christian field, Best Gospel Performance nominees are Third Day, Francesca Battistelli's "Free to be Me," Heather Headley featuring Smokie Norful's "Jesus Is Love," Jonny Lang and Fisk Jubilee Singers' "I Believe," and Donnie McClurkin featuring Karen Clark Sheard's "Wait on the Lord." "Best Gospel Song" noms are Third Day, TobyMac's "City on Our Knees," Israel Houghton and Mary Mary's "Every Prayer," Mary Mary's "God in Me," and Matthew West's "The Motions."
The recently resigned Da' T.R.U.T.H. was nominated for The Big Picture for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album along with Third Day, Decyfer Down's Crash, Red's Innocence and Instinct, and John Wells-The Tonic's The Dash. For Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, it's a battle between Jeremy Camp's Speaking Louder Than Before, Israel Houghton's The Power of One, Jars of Clay's The Long Fall Back to Earth, Leeland's Love Is on the Move and Mandisa's Freedom.
Best Traditional Gospel Album nods went to Ashley Cleveland's God Don't Never Change, Donald Lawrence & Co.'s ...1
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