Lance Goodall  3 Feb 2018

Australia’s Hillsong Worship has won a Grammy Award.

The group, formed out of Sydney’s Hillsong megachurch, has had huge success across the world for their Christian inspired music and concerts. Hillsong Worship has won a Grammy for best contemporary Christian music performance/song

“This is an absolutely incredible honour,” Brooke Ligertwood, who accepted the award with Ben Fielding on stage inside Madison Square Garden, New York, ahead of the main ceremony on Sunday, said.

 

They received the award in the best contemporary Christian music performance/song category for What A Beautiful Name.

The award is given to artists and songwriters of new contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop or Christian rock singles or tracks.

“No matter how far or close you feel to God or no matter how great the distance his love is greater, his name is more powerful, more wonderful, more beautiful than any other,” Fielding said.

The win came after fellow Australians Sia Furler, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Sydney trio Mansionair missed out on awards earlier in the ceremony.

Sydney trio Mansionair was nominated in the best dance recording category for their collaborative effort Line Of Sight with Seattle electronic duo Odesza, but they were beaten for the Grammy by LCD Soundsystem for Tonite.

Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars got off to a winning start ahead of the evening’s televised main event.

Lamar has seven nominations and started off the afternoon by winning in the Best Music Video category for Humble beating Jay-Z’s The Story Of O.J.

Pop singer Bruno Mars, who was nominated in six categories, won a trophy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for 24k-Magic.

The late Carrie Fisher was also a winner, posthumously awarded the Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category for The Princess Diarist.

Jay-Z, who already has 21 Grammys in his trophy cabinet, compared to Lamar’s seven, is the 2018 Grammy’s top nominee with eight nods.

The question I keep asking is, why is Hillsong accepting awards from the World, instead of rejecting them, and turning their back on these accolades?

Definition of Accolade

1a a mark of acknowledgment award 

  • received the highest accolade of his profession

b an expression of praise 

  • a movie that has drawn accolades from both fans and critics
2a a ceremonial embrace
b a ceremony or salute conferring knighthood
music a brace or a line used in music to join two or more staffs carrying simultaneous parts

 

Christians should be well spoken of, and should “have a good report of them which are without.” I Tim. 3:7. Of one of Paul’s associates we read: “Demetrius hath good re­port of all men.” 3 John 12. This should be said of every follower of Christ.

Then why is the warning given, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you”?

The woe pro­nounced applies to those whose aim is to main­tain the reputation which they may have rightly merited.

After gaining the reputation of being outstanding in his profession, a man’s danger exists in endeavoring to maintain it.

Our chief aim in life should be to “show forth the virtues [margin] of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” It is possible to so fully reveal Him that men in beholding us will see no man save Jesus only. We must exercise great care not to unduly exalt or praise those whom God is using to do a good and great work, remember­ing then the obvious frailties of human nature, and the ten­dencies of the human heart toward self-ex­altation.

Paul shunned such reputation to remain faithful to God.

“Am I now seeking the approval of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ”  — Gal 1:10

Kesha performs <i>Praying</i> at the 60th annual Grammy Awards.

Kesha