It was a mixed field for Atlanta’s many Christian nominees.
Lecrae scored his first Grammy (best gospel album) for his groundbreaking “Gravity.” However, the charismatic rapper missed accepting the award because he was detained on the red carpet.
Backstage, he attributed the success of the album to the fact that he’s “unashamedly truthful about my faith. I’m not misogynistic, I’m not killing anybody. I’m a Christian and I stand firm in my beliefs,” Lecrae said, clad in a spiffy white jacket with black lapels.
His plans for celebrating? “I’m gonna find (San Francisco 49ers quarterback) Colin Kaepernick. Colin, you’ve got my number. Call me!”
Atlanta-based songwriter Micah Massey won with Israel Houghton for “Your Presence is Heaven” (best contemporary Christian music song), beating Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin in the process.
“You’ve been a friend and mentor in so many ways,” Massey told Houghton. “All glory goes to God for this (award).”
Massey and Houghton tied in the category with Jonas Myrian and Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” which outpaced Casting Crowns in the best gospel/contemporary Christian music performance category.
Casting Crowns was also bested by TobyMac (performing in Atlanta tonight at Winter Jam) for best contemporary Christian music album).