Reach Records’ artist Lecrae garnered his 2nd career GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Gospel Album” with his recent studio project Gravity. Lecrae was included amongst the industry’s top entertainers as nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards were announced last night during an hour-long televised concert in Nashville co-hosted by country-pop artist Taylor Swift and veteran GRAMMY ® host, rapper-actor LL Cool J.
Gravity released earlier this fall and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart and dominated the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Rap, Independent, Gospel and Christian charts. The follow-up release to his Rehab: The Overdose (2011), Gravity showcases the esteemed hip-hop artist’s provoking lyrical technique, live instrumentation and hypnotic beats. His sixth studio project to date, Gravity also features the talents of Mali Music, Mathai (The Voice), label mates Trip Lee and Tedashii, Street Symphony’s Heat Academy and The Watchmen with production from DJ Khalil.
Lecrae performed Gravity’s biggest hits such as “Violence,” “Tell The World” and “I Know” on his latest Unashamed Tour, which wrapped before the Thanksgiving holiday. He and label his mates, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, KB and Derek Minor, visited 30 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago Dallas and Atlanta, among others. Lecrae will hit the road again in 2013 for a full spring tour while performing at various events and festivals throughout the year.
Even though the "Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album" category was discontinued last year, Lecrae still shined through to get a nomination in the Best Gospel Album category. Check out all the nominees for "Best Gospel Album" below:
Best Gospel AlbumIdentity - James Fortune & FIYA - [Light Records/eOne Music]
Jesus At The Center Live - Israel & New Breed - [Integrity Music]
Gravity - Lecrae - [Reach Records]
I Win - Marvin Sapp - [Verity Gospel Music Group]
Worship Soul - Anita Wilson - [EMI Gospel]
'Rehab' was nominated for a Grammy two years ago for "Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album," which Switchfoot "Hello Hurricane" won, Lecrae commented on those Grammys saying (view full article here): "Pray for my time here. The awards and stats are great, but they not only point to Gods faithfulness they are things this industry esteems. God has used them thus far to place me in new worlds with heart piercing, darkness shattering truth."
The 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards will be held on February 10, 2013, at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air nationwide on CBS starting at 8pm/7pm CST.