Congratulations are in order for gospel recording artists, Kirk Franklin and Israel Houghton, who each earned a Grammy last night at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“I’m so proud of all of my gospel music family today at the Grammys!” wrote Franklin on Twitter after picking up his 8th career Grammy for Best Gospel/Performance Song for “Wanna Be Happy?” off his latest Losing My Religion album.
While accepting his honor, he was joined on stage by a few Christians artists and fellow nominees.
Though the celebrated and decorated songwriter is honored to be recognized for his musical gifting, Franklin was careful to note that the Grammy “celebrates what we do, but never defines who we are.”
The celebration continued with Houghton, worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, who nabbed the Best Gospel Album award for Covered: Alive In Asia.
“Wow thank you,” he expressed his gratitude on Instagram. “After 6 of these and 19 nominations I can assure you it always feels like the first one!!!!”