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Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin/ Tennessee State Marching Band Win BIG at 65th Grammy Awards


The 65th Grammy Awards, representing music's biggest night, took place on Sunday February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles California. A couple of relative newcomers onto the scene had a very good night.


Maverick City Music, which burst onto the scene with hits like "Jireh" and "Man of Your Word" paired this year with gospel superstar Kirk Franklin and swept all four (4) Gospel and Contemporary Christian categories.


They took home the Grammy in the following categories:

  • Best Gospel Performance/ Song for "Kingdom"

  • Best Contemporary Music Performance/Song for "Fear is Not My Future"

  • Best Gospel Album for "Kingdom Book One Deluxe"

  • Best Contemporary Christian Album for "Breathe"

Maverick City Music has won a total of five (5) Grammy Awards, existing only since 2018.


Tennessee State Marching Band also had an exceptional night. They won two (2) Grammys for the following categories:

  • Best Roots Gospel Album for "The Urban Hymanal"

  • Best Spoken Word Poetry Album for "The Poet Who Sat By The Door" by J. Ivy

With their win, Tennessee State University becomes the first HBCU marching band to win a Grammy Award.


Congratulations to all the winners and nominees this year!


To see a complete list of winners and nominees, see below:


Best Gospel Performance/Song:

"Positive" - Erica Campbell

"When I Pray" - DOE

WINNER: "Kingdom" - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin

"The Better Benediction" - PJ Morton featuring Zarcardi Cortez

"Get Up" - Tye Tribbett




Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:

"God Really Loves Us" - Crowder featuring Dante Bowe and Maverick City Music

"So Good" - DOE

"For God Is With Us" - for King & Country & Hilary Scott

WINNER: "Fear Is Not My Future" - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin

"Holy Forever" - Chris Tomlin

"Hymn of Heaven (Radio Version)" - Phil Wickman




Best Gospel Album:

Die to Live- Maranda Curtis

Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live) - Ricky Dillard

Clarity - DOE

WINNER: Kingdom Book One (Deluxe) - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin

All Things New - Tye Tibbett

Best Roots Gospel Album:

Let's Just Praise The Lord - Gaither Vocal Band

Confessio - Irish American Roots - Keith & Kristyn Getty

The Willie Nelson Family - Willie Nelson

2:22 - Karen Peck & New River

WINNER: The Urban Hymnal - Tennessee State University Marching Band





Best Spoken Word Poetry Album:

Black Men Are Precious, Ethelbert Miller

Call Us What We Carry: Poems - Amanda Gorman

Hiding in Plain View - Malcolm Jamal-Warner

WINNER: The Poet Who Sat By The Door - J. Ivy

You Will Be Somebody's Ancestor. Act Accordingly. - Amir Sulaiman

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