Platinum-selling recording artist CeCe Winans accepted a Grammy award this evening for her latest CD “CeCe Winans” in the Best Pop/ Contemporary Gospel Album category at the 44th annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Arena in Los Angeles. This marks the celebrated gospel vocalist’s seventh Grammy Award.
“I can’t believe this,” CeCe joyfully screamed as she left the Grammy podium to greet the press in the Grammy press room. “I wasn’t even planning to come to the Grammys. It was an honor just to be asked to perform and now I’m thrilled to have won. This is the first Grammy for my company Wellspring Gospel, so I’m just too excited. God is soooo good!”
CeCe performed on tonight’s telecast in a special all-star gospel tribute to
the Rev. Al Green who received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her self-titled CD is rapidly approaching gold status and features the urban
ac hits “More Than Just A Friend,” “More Than What I Wanted” and “Anybody
Wanna Pray?” This is CeCe’s second CD since forming her own record label
Wellspring Gospel in 1999. Wellspring is distributed and marketed by Sparrow
CeCe Winans’ prior Grammy awards include:
Andrae Crouch Tribute – Best Pop/ContemporaryGospel Album 1996-various
“Alone in His Presence” – Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album 1995-solo
Handel’s Messiah – Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album 1992-various artists
Different Lifestyles – Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album 1991- with BeBe
“Don’t Cry For Me” – Best Soul Gospel Performance Female 1989-solo track
“For Always” – Best Soul Gospel Performance Female 1987-solo track.
ForeFront’s dc talk scooped up their fourth Best Rock Gospel Album award for solo EP.
With six million career units sold, 14 Dove Awards, three Billboard Music
Awards, three Billboard Music Video Awards and numerous nominations to their
credit, dc talk pioneered the youth-focused Christian rock movement and has
become the highest-selling contemporary Christian music group.
In 2001, the trio decided to create a project that would give fans a taste
of their individual musical interests, thus the solo EP was created.
Featuring seven songs – two solo efforts from each (Tait, Kevin Max and
tobyMac) and a dc talk performance of ’40’, solo EP would become known as
the calling card for the upcoming successful releases of their solo
The solo EP kicked off the following successful solo projects from the members of dc talk:
Tait – Empty
Kevin Max – Stereotype Be
tobyMac – Momentum
U2 collected several awards All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Lead singer Bono told the audience, “We depend on God walking through the room, more than most and God has walked through the room on our record and I want to give thanks. Amen.”
T-Bone Burnett took home multiple wins with his O Brother, Where Art Thou? project as well as for producer of the year. Allison Krauss tied a record by garnering five Grammys for both O Brother, Where Art Thou? and for work with Union Station.
The awards show closed with performances by legends like Al Green, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and Andrae Crouch.
The 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards were telecast February 27 at 7pm CST on CBS.
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