It was hit and miss for Atlanta artists early in the pre-show festivities for the 54th annual Grammy Awards.
First, the good news:
Atlanta’s Laura Story, a worship leader at Perimeter Church, scored Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for “Blessings.” Story was up against fellow Atlantans, newcomer Jamie Grace Harper (”Hold Me”) and Chris Tomlin and Louis Giglio (”I Lift My Hands”).
First-time winner Story accepted her award in a pretty green cap-sleeved dress and after expressing an incredulous, “Wow!”, thanked the Lord, her husband “whose faith inspires so many blessings,” and also Perimeter Church.
Tomlin then snagged a gramophone for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “And If Our God Is For Us…” He dashed from the back of the Los Angeles Convention Center - where the pre-show is held – to accept.
“This is an unbelievable dream,” said the black-suit-and-tie clad Tomlin. “My band has been a part of this for years and it’s been awesome.”
After thanking his parents, wife and baby daughter, Tomlin commented, ”The [title track] of the album, it’s not just a clever lyric, it’s the very word of God… I’m so thankful for that truth today.”
Tomlin lost in his other two nominated categories – to Story and to “Jesus” by Le’Andria Johnson for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance.
Other Atlantans going home empty-handed this year are Canton Jones, who bowed to Kirk Franklin for Best Gospel Song; Michael Brant DeMaria, whose “Gaia” lost to Pat Metheny for Best New Age Album; and the Zac Brown Band, whose “Where the River Goes” from “Footloose” was bested by Alan Menken’s “I See the Light” from “Tangled.”