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Ashley Cleveland wins surprise Grammy award
A SURPRISE Grammy Award won in February by Ashley Cleveland whose live album 'You Are There' won the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. The album was released on Cleveland's own 204 Records and triumphed over highly fancied projects by dc Talk, Michael W Smith and Point Of Grace.
Other Grammy Award winners were Deniece Williams whose 1997 'This Is My Song' album marked a return to Christian music after nearly a decade hiatus; Kirk Franklin who led Christian/gospel artists with four nominations and whose "Lean On Me" with guests Bono, Mary J Blige, Crystal Lewis and Gerald Lovert was performed on the live telecast; and mainstream hip hop artist Lauryn Hell who accepted her New Artists Of The Year award by reading Psalm 40 from the Bible.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.