[02.12.08] “Blessed & Highly Favored” by The Clark Sisters and “Never Gonna Break My Faith” by Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige were both honored in the Best Gospel Performance category. A GRAMMY for Best Gospel Song went to Clark-Sheard for writing “Blessed & Highly Favored.” The Clark Sisters' Live: One Last Time (EMI Gospel) also won for the Best Traditional Gospel Album.
Before the Daylight's Shot (204 Records) by Ashley Cleveland received a GRAMMY for Rock or Rap Gospel Album, while Israel and New Breed won Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for A Deeper Level (Integrity Music).
Israel and New Breed, who won their first GRAMMY last year, performed a gospel medley along with Aretha Franklin, The Clark Sisters, the Madison Bumblebees and Trin-i-tee 5:7.
Free to Worship (Verity Records) by Fred Hammond garnered a trophy for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album, while Salt of the Earth (Skaggs Family Records) by Ricky Skaggs & The Whites won the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.–-Christian Retailing
For a complete list of GRAMMY award-winners, visit www.grammy.com/Grammy_Awards/50th_show/list.aspx.