Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle Thank Jesus on Television for Their Grammy Wins
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
On Sunday, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Los Angeles Staples Center to celebrate recording artists’ work from the past year. Alicia Keys (THE VOICE) hosted music’s biggest night of the year. Among the nominees in the Christian categories were artists like Tauren Wells (“Known”), FOR KING AND COUNTRY (“Joy”) and Elevation Worship (“Hallelujah Here Below”). However, Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle, each won two awards in four of the five categories.
In September of 2018, Kelly released her latest album “Hiding Place,” which features 8 songs, some of which feature other popular Christian artists like Lecrae and Kirk Franklin. For her work, Kelly took home Best Gospel Performance/Song for “Never Alone” which she co-wrote with Kirk Franklin and Victoria Kelly. To top it off, she also won Best Gospel Album for “Hiding Place.”
In one of her acceptance speeches, Kelly ended with a posture of gratitude, “I have to thank Jesus, thank you so much for everything…. This is insane, I’m gonna go freak out now.”After the ceremony, Kelly tweeted to her 1.3 million followers, “what a wild day. I still don’t know how I was somehow able to soak the tears back into my eyes as I was walking up to accept each of these. Dreamed about this since I was a kid. Never thought I would get 2 in 1 night”
what a wild day. i still don’t know how i was somehow able to soak the tears back into my eyes as i was walking up to accept each of these. dreamed about this since i was a kid. never thought i would get 2 in 1 night pic.twitter.com/ggjcYhVSFm
— tori kelly (@torikelly) February 11, 2019
Louisiana-native singer Lauren Daigle has had quite a year. The former AMERICAN IDOL contestant released her album “Look Up Child” a week before Tori Kelly in September, which earned her the awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “You Say” along with Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
Daigle’s songs on the album also allowed her to reach the secular community, performing on many talk shows as the musical guest and reaching staggering top chart records on Billboard. In one of her acceptance speeches, she said, “this record came out of a season of realizing we’re just supposed to look up…. I love that music give us the opportunity to spread love.” She concluded by saying, “I just wanna thank Jesus that He’s put a voice in my throat.”