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Houston-born Lecrae takes home two more Grammy Awards

The 44-year-old Christian rapper, who previously won Grammys in 2013 and 2015, was awarded Sunday for “Church Clothes 4” and “Your Power,” the latter of which is a collaboration with Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

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Lecrae accepts the award for best contemporary Christian music performance or song for “Your Power” during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Lecrae, a Houston-born musician and actor, doubled his career haul at the Grammy Awards by winning in a pair of Christian music categories on Sunday.

The 44-year-old Lecrae was honored for "Church Clothes 4," which won best contemporary Christian music album, and for "Your Power," a collaboration with Tasha Cobbs Leonard. The song was awarded as the best contemporary Christian music performance or song.

Lecrae, who previously won Grammy Awards in 2013 and 2015, received his latest awards during a ceremony held before Sunday's national television broadcast. He spoke about his faith during both of his acceptance speeches while also crediting his mother and daughter, the latter of whom joined Lecrae on stage in Los Angeles.

"The imprint of God is on each and every one of y'all's lives," Lecrae said during his acceptance speech for "Your Power," addressing the other musicians in attendance. "Whether you take home an award or not, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You made this music not to win an award, but to impact the world with the gift that God has put in you. Never forget that."

Four other artists from the Houston area were nominated this year for the prestigious music industry awards but did not prevail in their categories. Five-time winner Robert Glasper was nominated for "Back To Love" in the best R&B song and best R&B performance categories, two-time winner Rodney Crowell was up for best Americana album with "The Chicago Sessions," Travis Scott was nominated in the best rap album category for "Utopia," and "Taste The Sky" by Uncle Jumbo, whose real name is James Pendleton, was in the running for best children's music album.

The best album notes and best historical album categories also had a Houston connection in "Playing for the Man at the Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick, 1958-71." McCormick, who died in Houston in 2015, was a musicologist and folklorist whose aforementioned recordings were released last year by the Smithsonian.

Scott, a product of Elkins High School in Missouri City, took the stage at the Grammys and performed a song from "Utopia," which last year spent four weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart.

"The three songs I’m performing are the transport portal to where we are going, to get to Utopia," he said in an interview with The Grammys. "I’m from Houston and grew up in MO (Missouri) City. It’s like a lot of flatland so you kind of have to create your own imagination."

Other Houston natives made Grammy news, even though they didn't win or perform.

Superstar Beyoncé showed her Texas roots by wearing a cowboy hat and bedazzled shorts suit.

The singer – who last year set the record for winning the most Grammys ever, a total of 32 for her career – was not nominated for any awards this year. But Beyoncé attended with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy. Jay-Z received the "Dr. Dre Global Impact Award." During his speech, Jay-Z honored rappers before him, including Dr. Dre, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, and DMX, but criticized the Grammys’ metrics for nominations and winners.

"We want y'all to get it right. We want y'all to get it close to right," he said during his acceptance speech. "Obviously, it’s subjective, you know it’s subjective and it’s opinion-based. I don’t want to embarrass [Beyoncé] but she has more Grammys than everyone and never won album of the year. So even by your own metrics that doesn't work."

Beyoncé has been nominated four times for album of the year but has not won. In 2017, Adele won album of the year for “25.” During her acceptance speech, she said Beyoncé's “Lemonade” album, which was also nominated, was "monumental" and "well-thought-out."

Lecrae Grammy Speech
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Lecrae accepts the award for best contemporary Christian music album for “Church Clothes 4” during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles.

It had been nearly a decade since Lecrae won a Grammy. He was honored in 2015 for "Messengers," which won best contemporary Christian music performance or song. He won the award for best gospel album in 2013, for "Gravity."

Lecrae largely deflected credit while receiving his latest Grammy Awards. During his acceptance speech for "Church Clothes 4," he said, "So many people put so much hard work into this music, into this project, and I’d be remiss to just give credit to each and every one.”

“I'm going to forget all y’all’s names and y’all are going to be mad at me at the end of the day,” Lecrae added. “But look, every single soul who touched this project, and everybody who enjoyed it, the gift that we all possess, like I said before, I have to give credit to the lord Jesus for just being my all and all and everything to allow me to speak the words that I have in art. I love y'all. God bless y'all."