Singer Amy Grant, who is credited as the first artist to popularize contemporary Christian music, has been named a 2022 Kennedy Center honoree, according to Christian Headlines. The six-time Grammy Award winner has sold over 30 million albums, and her numerous hits have made fans admire her as the ‘Queen of Christian Pop.’ Grant shared that this prestigious award is beyond her “wildest dreams” as she is blessed to have been part of an industry where meaningful music has brought people together.
According to Christian Headlines, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein stated that Grant was “the first artist to bring contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, then equally thrived after crossing over into mainstream pop with hit after hit.” Religion News Service reports that Grant has over one billion global streams, along with three multi-platinum, six platinum, and four gold albums. Grant was the first Contemporary Christian Music artist to reach No. 1 on the pop charts with her song “Next Time I Fall,” which was performed with Peter Cetera of Chicago. She was also the first Contemporary Christian Music singer to perform at the Grammys.
Now, Grant is breaking new ground as the first Contemporary Christian Music artist to be named a Kennedy Center honoree. According to Christian Headlines, Grant is part of the 45th class of honorees along with George Clooney, Gladys Knight, composer Tania León, and the Irish rock band U2.
An artist with many “firsts,” Amy Grant has much to be proud of as she has spread the beauty of music combined with God’s love to millions upon millions of people. Her popular music has sparked an interest and admiration for Christian songs that bring people closer to God and more united with their faith. Recognizing Grant’s accomplishments, the music industry has graciously welcomed Contemporary Christian Music to the forefront, and in doing so, they are spreading the messages of hope, faith, and God’s love to people around the world.