And the Grammy goes to...

Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018

An impressive 27 Australian and New Zealand members contributed to the year's Grammy's nominations class, and by the conclusion of the hours-long ceremony, we had two members walk away with trophies. Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song award for Hillsong Worship's powerful What a Beautiful Name.

From the behind-the-scenes side, songwriter and SongHubs participant Jess Chalker co-penned the charming Say Hello, a song on Lisa Loeb's Feel What U Feel, which won for Best Children's Album. 

Melbourne's future soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote, twice-nominated in previous years in the Best R & B Performance category, featured on the track Duckworth. on Kendrick Lamar's landmark Damn., winner of Best Rap Album. The group have a songwriting credit thanks to the use of their song Atari on the album's epic closer. 

And, while not an official winner, Kesha's searing performance of her single Praying, won with its powerful message. The song got its start in a Melbourne studio when US producer Ryan Lewis - on tour for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - paired up with singer-songwriter Ben Abraham to write and produce the song specifically for Kesha. Abraham told Double J that with just four days notice he was booked on a plane to join Kesha's band on keys for the performance, which also featured vocals from Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, and Camila Cabello.

Congratulations to the winners, the nominees, and the songwriters who played a vital role across a diverse range of works. 

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