Australia’s Hillsong Worship has won a Grammy Award as Sia, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Mansionair missed out.
The group, formed out of Sydney’s Hillsong megachurch, has had huge success across the world with their Christian inspired music and concerts.
“This is an absolutely incredible honour,” Brooke Ligertwood, who accepted the award with Ben Fielding on stage inside Madison Square Garden, New York, said Monday morning (AEDT).
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.
Adelaide’s chart-topping singer-songwriter Sia was nominated in the best song written for film or TV category for Never Give Up, featured in the Nicole Kidman, Oscar-nominated Australian produced film Lion.
The Grammy went to Lin-Manuel Miranda for How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s Moana: The Songs.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and director Andrew Dominik were snubbed in the best music film category for One More Time With Feeling.
The Defiant Ones won the Grammy.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds also received a cold shoulder in the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.
The winner was the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition.
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.
Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar meanwhile have scored three wins each, putting them as favourites for top awards like album and record of the year.
Mars won best R&B album, best R&B performance and best R&B song in the pre-telecast on Sunday in New York City. Lamar picked up best rap album, best rap performance and best music video.
Posthumous Grammys were also handed out to actress Carrie Fisher, singer Leonard Cohen and engineer Tom Coyne, who worked on Mars’ 24K Magic album.
The Rolling Stones picked up the third Grammy of their career – for best traditional blues album for Blue & Lonesome, while Ed Sheeran won best pop vocal album.
– with wires