CA Staff
Jan 3, 2000

A VERSATILE GROUP of artists, producers
and other music professionals were nominated for the 43rd Annual GRAMMY
Awards. The simultaneous announcements were made on
January 3 at press conferences held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville.
Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood and Rebecca St. James announced the Recording Academy?s nominees yesterday morning at the Nashville hotel.

25 artists from a wide array of musical genres garnered three or more nominations while many Christian artists got the Grammy nod once. A listing of Christian artists nominated includes:

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.



[Sparrow Records]

If I Left The Zoo

Jars of Clay

[Essential Records]


Crystal Lewis

[Metro One Music]

This Is Your Time

Michael W. Smith

[Reunion Records]

Crystal Clear

Jaci Velasquez

[Word Records]

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

The Great Gospel Hit Parade: From Memphis To Nashville To Texas

James Blackwood, The Jordanaires & The Light Crust Doughboys

[Art Greenhaw Records]

The Cathedrals A Farewell Celebration

The Cathedrals

[Spring House Music]

Just Over In Heaven

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

[Sugar Hill Records]

Soldier Of The Cross

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder

[Skaggs Family Records]

Old Ways & Old Paths

Paul Williams And The Victory Trio

[Rebel Records]

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

You Can Make It

Shirley Caesar

[Myrrh Records]

It Was You

Mighty Clouds of Joy


Family & Friends Live From Detroit

Rev. James Moore

[Malaco Records]


Aaron Neville

[EMI Gospel]

Ole Rickety Bridge

Dorothy Norwood

[Malaco Records]

The Concert

The Williams Brothers

[Blackberry Records]

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance.

Purpose By Design

Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ

[Verity Records]


Mary Mary

[Columbia/C2/Word Entertainment]

Family Affair

Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir

[Verity Records]

Love & Freedom

BeBe Winans

[Motown Records]

Alabaster Box

CeCe Winans

[Wellspring Gospel]

Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
For choirs or choruses only, with or without lead vocalist(s).

Get Your Praise On

New Direction; Jeral V. Gray, Sr. & Percy E. Gray, Jr., Choir Directors

[Myrrh Records]


Youth For Christ; Rev. Milton Biggham & Troy L. Sneed, Sr., Choir

[Savoy Records]

Live - God Is Working

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; Carol Cymbala, Choir Director

[M2.0 Music]

Send Up The Praise

University of Mississippi Gospel Choir; Ron Briggs, Jason Clark & Dee
Thomas, Choir Directors

[Malaco Records]

The Tri-City Singers; Donald Lawrence, Choir Director

[EMI Gospel]

In other categories:

Learning To Breathe


[re:think Records]


Third Day

[Essential Records]

Other notable nominations include U2's Beautiful Day for Record of the
Year, and Creed with a couple of Grammy nods in the Rock categories for their song With Arms Wide

Musical artists including Destiny's Child, Sheryl
Crow, David Foster, Dave Koz, Shelby Lynne,
Nelly, 'N
Sync's J.C. Chasez, Sisqo and Toni Braxton ?
many of
whom became nominees ? were on-hand to reveal
nominees for the coveted awards in the Beverly Hills press conference.

"The GRAMMY tent is pretty big," Recording Academy President/CEO
Michael Greene told "You know, [artists like] Amy Grant and Snoop Dogg
are both under that tent, and we
like that. The more this organization can promote cross-pollination
between genres, that's one of our

GRAMMY nominations ballots for the final
round of voting will be mailed January 12 to
the 12,000 voting members of the more
than 17,000-member Recording Academy.
Ballots will be tabulated by the accounting
firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP, and kept
secret until the telecast.

Winners in the 500+ nominations from the
100 categories will be revealed for the first
time during the 43rd Annual GRAMMY
Awards telecast on February 21, 2001. The
three-hour show will originate from Staples
Center in Los Angeles and be broadcast on
CBS-TV at 8 p.m. (EST/PST). The show
reach a worldwide audience of nearly 2
billion people in 180 countries.

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