My biggest gripe with Grammy gospel award is its limited scope. There are only five genre-specific sub categories (Rock/Rap Gospel, Pop/Contemporary Gospel, Country/Southern Gospel, Traditional Gospel, and Contemporary/R&B Gospel). On the other hand, the Platinum Vinyl Awards have ten genre-specific categories (Pop, Rock, Hard Rock/Metal, Alternative, Hip-Hop/Rap, Gospel/R&B, Dance/Electronica, Techno, Folk/Folk Rock, Modern Worship and Kids Music). As long as we are clear on who belongs in a category, the more categories the better. After the jump, I will take on each of the Grammy Winners with a who won, who should have won format.
Best Rock/Rap Gospel Album
- Who Won: Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot
- Who Should Have Won: For Those Who Wait, Fireflight
- The Night Beat Fix: I love Switchfoot since their New Way to be Human, but they are mis-categorized this year. They aren't really Rock/Rap, Alternative or possibly Pop. Gungor would be Alternative or Modern Worship, So would DCB, I would have put Fireflight, Lecrae, and TobyMac here. I don't know who would have been the other two nominees at the moment but this is a start.
- Who Won: Love God, Love People, Israel Houghton
- Who Should Have Won: This is a tough one, since my fix would probably decimate this category, but as a reach I'll go with Pieces of a Real Heart by Sanctus Real.
- The Night Beat Fix: First Toby Mac goes to Rock/Rap. Ricky Skaggs goes to Country, and Israel Houghton is only here because they gave his proper slot in Contemporary/R&B Gospel to BeBe & CeCe Winans, which I wasn't impressed with and wasn't nominated for a Platinum Vinyl Award. I wasn't impressed with Houghton either, I thought it lacked focus, so it didn't make the PVA nominees either. I think SCC could stay with Sanctus Real and Switchfoot. The other nominees: I'll go with Newsboys and Addison Road.
Best Traditional Gospel Album: Due to my tastes, how I classify things, I really didn't have anything in this category but one entrant. And I really didn't hear any of the others except for Marvin Sapp, so for this category I will dispense with the Night Beat Fix.
- Who Won: Downtown Church, Patty Griffin
- Who Should Have Won: I only picked one Album that was put in this category. So, though I'm not tipping my hand to the eventual winner of the Platinum Vinyl Award, I will go with The Experience by Vanessa Bell Armstrong
- Who Won: Still by BeBe & CeCe Winans
- Who Should Have Won: Obviously I didn't think that it would have been the Winans. My picks for this Category included Get Ready by Forever Jones, Triumphant by VaShawn Mitchell, and the self titled release by Aaron Sledge. Love Unstoppable by Fred Hammond rounded out the nominees of the Grammy Awards. I'm going to say, once again, without committing myself in the Platinum Vinyl Awards, that Forever Jones would have been a better choice overall. When you realize that this isn't a gospel choir, but simply an everyday family, although somewhat large at seven members, then you can't help but be greatly impressed by the sound. It is a great debut album. My Choice.