This year's Grammy Awards featured husband and wife Beyonce and Jay Z dancing together, Katy Perry on a pole, same-sex weddings during a pro-gay song, a heavy metal band with a concert pianist, robots, and various other things that may or may not offend somebody's delicate sensibilities.
Natalie Grant, a Christian artist who was nominated for two gospel Grammy Awards, has caused a firestorm for doing three things.
She left the Grammys early, posted about it on Facebook and Twitter, and has refused to explain exactly why she left.
Here's what Grant shared to Facebook on Sunday night.
"We left the Grammy's early. I've many thoughts about the show tonight, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I'll say this:
I've never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I've never been more sure of the path I've chosen."
That initial post raised eyebrows. But, it also revved up her fans. They're pretty happy with Natalie.
Grant shared a second post explaining her position.
"I've tried to read all of the comments on my previous post but I can't respond to them all. Most of you have always been so supportive and encouraging to me & I'm grateful. It does sadden me when people argue, judge and hurl insults at each other from both sides of the fence. I'm not going to engage in arguments, but just have a few things I'd like to say:
I NEVER said I left during any particular performance. I only said I left early.
I never pointed out any one particular performance, I only said I had many thoughts about the entire show, which were best left inside my head and that is where they will stay. So those who say I condemned one performance but then condoned others clearly did not read the post.
What I DID say is this: I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I've had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus.
I've judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won't use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. (Philippians 2:12)
I was honored to be nominated for 2 Grammy awards last night. I'm so grateful that NARAS and The Grammys continue to recognize the contribution that gospel and Christian music make to the world. And I'm so thrilled for those who won in my categories. And I can say that with all sincerity.
My last thought:
"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus for it is the power of God who brings salvation to ALL who believe."
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