This Is Not a Test and Saints and Sinners--TobyMac's and Maher's albums, respectively--are joined by Whatever the Road by Jason Crabb, How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle and Chris Tomlin's Love Ran Red in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category.
In the WE LOVE AWARDS, Maher's "Because He Lives (Amen)" is up for Church Song of the Year, and TobyMac's collaboration with Mr. Talkbox, "Feel It," is up for Song of the Year, and in the GRAMMYs, both of those songs are nominees for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album along with Francesca Battistelli's recording of the Bryan and Katie Torwalt worship song "Holy Spirit," Crowder's "Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)," and Third Day's "Soul On Fire," which features All Sons & Daughters.
Kirk Franklin's new album, Losing My Religion, didn't take long to get GRAMMY attention, as the song "Wanna Be Happy?" is up for Best Gospel Performance Song along with Israel & New Breed's "How Awesome is Our God" featuring Yolanda Adams, "Intentional" by Travis Greene, Brian Courtney Wilson's "Worth Fighting For" and "Worth" by Anthony Brown & Group Therapy.
The Best Roots Gospel Album--reserved for projects typically classified as "Southern Gospel"--saw The Fairfield Four nominated for Still Rockin' My Soul, Karen Peck & New River for Pray Now, and Point of Grace for Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know).
Indirectly, perhaps the artist with the most GRAMMY nomination connections this year is Morgan Harper-Nichols, the WE LOVE-nominated artist whose vocals are featured on the GRAMMY nominated albums by Maher, Daigle and Crabb.