The ‘Queen of Christian Pop’ Amy Grant was celebrated at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors for being an icon of contemporary Christian music. Grant, who has won six Grammys and over 20 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, accepted the honor alongside other artists including Gladys Knight and the Irish rock band U2. According to Christian Headlines, Grant shared that she hopes she makes fans of Christian music proud and “lives up to the honor” of representing the genre.
At the event, singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow performed one of Grant’s hits, “Baby, Baby” and shared how the Christian singer had a strong positive influence on her as she was growing up. Crow praised Grant saying, “her music was a staple with her deeply soulful voice and her uplifting message of hope and faith.” Crow also credited Grant with teaching her that it was possible to be “funny, irreverent and Christian all at the same time.”
According to Christian Headlines, “Grant became the first CCM artist to top the pop charts with her song ‘Next Time I Fall.’ The song was performed as a duet with Peter Cetera of the band Chicago in 1986. Grant rose to further fame with her hit single ‘Baby, Baby’ from her 1991 platinum album ‘Heart in Motion.'”
Grant has recently returned to performing after she had suffered injuries from a bike accident a few months ago. Grant shared that she is “doing well” and is grateful to be back on to tour and able to attend this event.
Being a Kennedy Center Honoree, Grant has been recognized for her contributions to music as a breakthrough Christian Pop artist. Her songs have inspired and encouraged fans with her heartfelt words that bring hope and joy. With her timeless and sensational music, Grant will continue to be a voice of hope and faith for generations to come.