Atlanta's Tasha Cobbs wins first Grammy

Tasha Cobbs
Getty Images

Free access to myAJC for AJC subscribers.


Tasha Cobbs, a native of Jesup and a pastor of worship at the Dream Center Church in Atlanta, won her first-ever Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Music Performance for “Break Every Chain.”

Clad in a midnight blue gown, Cobbs accepted her award during the pre-telecast and dedicated it to her father.

Cobbs thanked “all of the voters who took a chance on a country girl from Jesup, Georgia.”

Most of Georgia's other nominees didn't fare as well during the pre-telecast, which was streamed live on

Cee Lo Green lost to Michael Buble in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, while Earl Klugh was bested by Herb Alpert for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Cobbs could have snagged a second award for Best Gospel Album (Bishop Paul S. Morton was also nominated) but Tye Tribbett won instead.

Also in the Christian categories, Atlanta's Chris Tomlin lost both of his nominated categories - Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Album - to former "American Idol" contestanat, Mandisa.

Atlanta's Steven Lance Ledbetter and Michael Graves also were shut out in the Best Historical Album cateogry, which resulted in a tie for "Charlie is My Darling - Ireland 1965" and "The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums."

The-Dream (aka Terius Nash) and 2 Chainz were nominated in the Best Rap Song cateogory for "F***in Problems" and Jay Z's "Holy Grail," respectively, but were overtaken by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have already scored in three of their seven nominated categories.  

In the country categories, Little Big Town was bested by the Civil Wars in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Meanwhile, Fantasia, who lives in North Carolina but maintains Grammy membership through the Atlanta chapter, was swept in her three nominated categories -- Best Traditional R&B Performance (Gary Clark Jr. won); Best R&B Song (Justin Timberlake won, also beating PJ Morton); and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Rihanna scored the victory).

Georgians still have a few opportunities to win during categories shown on the main Grammys telecast: Tha Bizness (aka Henny and Dow Jones) are up for producers of Kendrick Lamar's Album of the Year nominee "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City" and Dee Brown is nominated as an engineer on the release. 

Also, Macon native Jason Aldean could pick up a win for Best Country Album (for "Night Train") and Atlanta rapper T.I. is part of the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year nods for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."

Most Read