56th Grammy Winner Mandisa Did Not Attend Ceremony to Protect Her Christian Faith

By Carlton Cook On January 28, 2014

Mandisa's Overcomer has won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album on the 56th Grammy Awards. However, this Christian artist did not attend the ceremony.

On her recent Facebook post, Mandisa explained the reason of her absence honestly, saying "I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires quite a bit recently."  She added, "I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time. I am taking steps to renew my mind to become the Heavenly Father-centered, completely satisfied with Jesus, and Holy Spirit-led woman I felt I was a few months ago, but I'm feeling a bit like an infant learning to walk again on shaky legs."

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Mandisa quoted the verses from 1 John 2:15-16a to describe her spiritual direction as a Christian celebrity: "Don't fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love its corrupt ways don't have the Father's love living within them. All the things the world can offer to you-the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority-do not come from the Father..." 1 John 2:15-16a (The Voice)

This is Mandisa's first Grammy reward. The song 'Overcomer' has inspired many, even Mandisa herself. In an interview with HOPE,  Mandisa said that her music "isn't just for entertainment", but "meant to inspire". This singer also kept her humble spirit even if her album hit top of Good Morning America. She expressed her surprise in her Facebook post, saying that she considered being nominated with famous Christian singers such as Israel Houghton and Chris Tomlin was already a big honour, and she thought Chris Tomlin would be the winner instead of her. She said: "I lay this trophy at the feet of my Jesus in humility, honor and gratitude for all He has done in, to, and through me."

In the 56th Grammy Ceremony, 33 gay and straight couples get married.

To see the list of Gospel and Christian contemporary music winners of the 56th Grammy Awards, please visit here.  

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